DCP by Jan Ozer
Sooner or later, if you're an HDV shooter, you'll need to use DV source footage in one of your high-def productions. It could be a multicamera shoot with mixed DV/HDV equipment, or inserting SD B-roll into your HDV project. But sooner or later, it'll happen, and then you'll be facing two basic questions. First: What do I need to know to do it right? Second: How does the quality produced by my editor compare to that available with third-party scaling tools? Well, this month, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll tackle both questions: the first in this installment, then quality comparisons in the next installment, which includes Apple Final Cut Pro
and Adobe Premiere Pro
, plus Algolith AlgoSuite, Digital Anarchy ReSizer, and Red Giant Software Instant HD
. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s set the scene. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got some 4:3 DV footage that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to integrate into an HDV project. If you decide to scale in your editor, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a really good chance that you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to dig any deeper into the technical issues IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m about to launch into. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll assume that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re working in an HDV preset in Premiere Pro and/or Final Cut Pro, and the current versions of both products can easily handle multiple formats in a single timeline. Final Cut will even automatically scale the SD video up to HDV resolution for you, saving you a step (Figure 5). read more...