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You could try a lossless compressor like Lagarith, but the file size would be very large. You way want to consider buying something like Cineform.
Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. :)
I will read about Cineform. Thanks for tip.
I am surprised that I can't output HDV quick and easy... FCP seems to make it so easy.
Without Cineform, what would you suggest I do for output of my footage for my archives?
I have heard h.264 is good for a final render, but not for future editing.
Addtionally, should I look at exporting my edits back to tape? Maybe that is my best option? I have not tried yet, but I imagine I can print my HDV edits back to XHA1?
Thanks a billion for the help!
"The export to MPEG2 Blu-ray can be identical to the HDV source material."
I did find the Blue-ray export in Adobe Media Encoder...
My only concern is: What are all these files that the Blue-ray outputs and how can I combine these files into one movie file?
Exporting Blue-ray gives me these types of files:
I am guessing I can use an app to combine the .m2v and .wav?
Hehe, sorry if noob questions. :)
For future editing, the recommended practice is to put the original tapes on a shelf and reuse those if you ever have to do more editing.
Yeah, but outputting your final edited feature to Blu-Ray (or back to HDV tape) will certainly not be lossless; especially if you use any effects, transitions, titles, graphics, etc.
Without Cineform, I'd recommend trying the Lagarith lossless codec. It is free and fast:
You can also try outputting via AME as MPEG-2 using the 4:2:2 profile and setting a very high bitrate (such as 100Mbps or so) but this will likely not be much smaller than the Lagarith AVI file and will not be completely lossless.
Hi Dan and Jim, many thanks for the replies! :)
I really appreciate the help.
@Dan: Thanks for the link to Lagarith! Looks like there is an option for Mac users too. Nice. :)
I did look at the MPEG-2 setting via AME... But I only saw a preset for HDTV, which is 1920x180... Is this an optimal codec/size for HDV 1440x1080 footage?
In terms of the 4:2:2 profile, I will poke around for that... Is that for SD? What would I set the frame size to? Seems like when using AME, it does not have those values filled-in by default (at least not to the settings/sizes that work best fro my timeline.)
I am still learning a lot, so sorry if I am asking silly questions and/or not getting it right out of the batting cage. :D
@Jim: Thanks for the reply... That information is great to hear. I always save all my tapes. So, just to clarify, you are saying that I should print my final edit back to tape?
Oh, and Dan, good point on there being loss if I have transitions and titles and such... I guess I am willing to give up a little bit of quality...
Thanks folks!! You have been life/time savers! I really appreciate your thoughts and pro advice!!!
>you are saying that I should print my final edit back to tape?
No. I'm saying you should keep the original tapes, the raw footage, and recapture from them if you ever need to do more editing.
For the final edit, a Blu-ray is probably the best archive choice. It's not lossless, as Dan points out. But you'd never use it for further editing anyway, only watching. And for that purpose, Blu-ray is quite qualified.
Yes, but you may want it for use as an intermediary to convert to another format (some "future" format, DVD, online, cd-rom, etc.) at some later date. In these cases, a lossless (or near-lossless, like Cineform) format is fantastic.
Good point. (Though with Cineform behind the mark in supporting CS4, some non-proprietary codec that is more sure to be around, like Lagarith, may be the better option.)