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With your slower, out of date PC (no offense), you would be happier with using Cineform Aspect HD over trying to edit native HDV.
1. Capture and Scene Detect
Aspect HD comes with HDLink which allows you to scene detect while capturing. Premiere Pro does not.
If you are sharing video between programs, it is very likely that Aspect HD will provide a better quality.
I am not sure what you expect, but it does make interfacing with After Effects better.
Tim I was never excited about Cineform until I tried it.
Boy was I surprised! I am in the middle of a short film and I am testing Cineform with PPRO and the Panasonic HVX 200.
Today I did more tests and I was able to take 4 video tracks of DVC PRO HD 1440 x 1080 plus an additional 3 title tracks and play them real time...
Ok so I have a RAID but without Cineform I do not achieve results like this at all. It exports fast and quality is as good as you get!
I am happy and would recommend it :-)
No offence taken, I just dont have the cash to come up to date yet.
I'll have to check with dell to see how I can upgrade without breaking the bank.
Looks like Cineform is the one for me.
Thanks for the feedback on your experience. Based on this I'll probably go for Cineform.
Tim I suggest you download the demo and test it out first: http://www.cineform.com/products/Downloads/Downloads.htm
The Cineform realtime effects (or lack thereof) can be a little offputting but I promise you the joy of editing really fast makes up for it.
Got me hook line and sinker... :-)
Thanks again. I'll go for the demo as soon as I've upgraded to CS3.
> I'll go for the demo as soon as I've upgraded to CS3.
Yes, try the demo after you upgrade to CS3. CFHD increases file size about
about 3x, which increases demand on the disk, but the CPU requirements are
significantly reduced, so I would expect a performance increase, even on
Also, tech support is very responsive, and there are some helpful users and
user forums. If you have problems, others will help you.
For those who use this: I am filming and edting in HD, but still some of the stuff is ending up on regular DVDs, and it doesn't look good (i am exporting to avi then converting to MPG2 in ProCoder, and the results are a slightly fuzzy, blurry image). Will Aspect improve this? If so, how? Do you actually export using an Aspect codec? Or is this an intermediary codec. I read the product page specs, and couldn't determine this.
> CFHD increases file size about
There are 5 different quality settings to chose from the highest one being Film Scan 2 which has very large files. On High Quality the files are pretty close to the original but the difference is the Cineform files are VBR which is why size could increase.
The increase in my timeline performance is worth it, HDD's are pretty cheap.
>For those who use this: I am filming and edting in HD, but still some of the stuff is ending up on regular DVDs, and it doesn't look good (i am exporting to avi then converting to MPG2 in ProCoder, and the results are a slightly fuzzy, blurry image).
I don't think you will see an improvement using Aspect for this issue, as it is an intermediate codec that will mostly speed up your work flow - I'm sure if that is not correct you will hear from others.
What I can tell you from direct experience is that the avi to procoder to SD DVD is not very image-quality friendly. I get much better results going out of PPro using H.264 and then converting to MPG2 in Encore on VBR 7MB 2 pass. Give that a try and see what you think.
> The increase in my timeline performance is worth it, HDD's are pretty
Yep. I've been replacing the hard drives in all my systems with 750 GB SATA
and PATA drives for $189 (probably lower prices if one bargin hunts).
Trading timeline performance for disk space is a bargin for me.