Ah. I see it now. Sorry.
Well, there are a lot of people who disagree with me. However, that being said, I use the Cineform codec when I edit a serious project in Premiere Pro. By serious, I mean other people are paying for it, or I really want to show off a high quality job, or I need to do something like you are doing. I don't always bother when I am just goofing around.
Try the H.264 and see if you are happy with that. This is really up to you and your eyes to make the decision. If the H.264 is good enough, great! If not, check into Cineform
They used it on the movie Act of Valor.
Along with Steven's suggestions, which are very good, you might also want to look to Lagarith Lossless, and UT Lossless, as Export CODEC's, for additional editing.
Thank you for the clarification on Denoiser. I too had assumed Audio w/ Denoiser Effect, but you mean a Video noise removal operation - totally different.
Steve, I'm curious to know why you say people disagree with you on the Cineform? I know it's been around a while. Is there something newer/better for HDV? Otherwise, looks promising, but I'd prefer not to have to spend that kind of money.
I downloaded and installed the Lagarith codec, but I don't know how to access it. It does not show up anywhere in AME or Premiere as an export choice. I'm grabbing the UT codec pack now
The h264 transcode seemed okay qualitywise, but took forever at a target 24 Mb/sec, and crashed the computer (blue screen) in the middle of a an encode. It happened twice with longer clips (15 min)
Well, a lot of people say it isn't necessary anymore. I believe that the way that the codec actually encodes the video using wavelets (insert a lot of techie gobledegook here) is beneficial to my workflow. It makes it easy to export and reimport in various programs.
I have suggested Cineform a few times lately and have received rather fierce objections. Almost to the point of ridicule. Yet, I figure if it is good enough for a major motion picture, it is probably good enough for me. I remember when we had to pay $299, so paying $129 doesn't seem excessive to me.
I haven't researched this yet, but I think it might even solve the problem of keeping AVCHD in the original folders.
Oh, so you're talking Neoscene correct? I looked at the pro apps. I am now trying out Neoscene and it seems to convert m2t files pretty quick. Then I'll try a capture and work with it tomorrow
Since a lot of my work is in dark places (nightclubs, etc.) and my Canon XHA1s is not the best in low light, I frequently have to deal with video noise. And color correction is a nightmare. For some reason, I don't have a lot of latitude for adjustments before the picture breaks down.
I have exported with red bars over the timeline. Not sure if I need to render everything before exporting, but it seems to work if I just let it run overnight.
The Cineform may be a solution if it encodes pretty quick and facilitates color correction
Lagarith and UT codecs are installed, but they do not appear anywhere as a choice. Where should I find them?
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I suppose it would not be helpful to suggest a different camera - one with better low light capabilities, but it might be worth considering.
Cineform will interpolate the 4:2:0 chroma to 4:2:2 and has it's own color correction tools. I imagine that will help you immensely. I used to capture directly to the Cineform codec and need to start doing that again if I ever get around to taking the HDV camera out of the bag again. If you capture to it, there is no time lost to speak of. I am not sure if I am going to do that much after I buy my new DSLR next month, except to use as a second camera or for b-roll but you never know. If my research determines that I am sticking with Cineform after I change cameras, I will be posting the reasons here on the forum, just to let people know what I found.
And no. You don't need to render in order to export, but most people do so they can see the video in real time before exporting.
Lagarith can be found under AVI. You have to change the majority of the parameters from codec to frame size to filed order and more, but you can get there. I have never used UT so I can't help there.
I've got my eye on a Canon XF305 or 300. If I don't raise enough cash, one of the lesser units. Especially since one of cameras' tape carriage is broken.. But for right now, I am holding off.
I did find the Lagarith, which defaults to SD format. The HDV settings are taking forever to convert. Defeat's my purpose.
Found out Neoscene does not include the importer for CS6. Had to install Cineform Studio (trial)