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What is best format for film transfer to then capture into NLE?


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#1 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:03 PM

I have some 16 mm color negative that I want to transfer to something that I can then capture into
Final Cut Pro. What would you recommend using for the transfer? Thanks.
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#2 Joe Sexton

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 12:03 AM

Depends what your final output will be. I usually transfer to mini dv and simply edit away, but there are a number of different, better, and more costly options.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 12:37 AM

direct to hard drive HD transfer, from a spirit (or comparable), at 4:4:4 is probably tops for anything that's ultimately going to end up on any flavor of video. and when you do all the math, you'll likely find that it's a very good deal (no need to pay for tape stock and rental of vtr)... though of course, there is more post work/time needed. hope this helps.

Edited by Jaan Shenberger, 02 April 2007 - 12:38 AM.

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#4 Walter Graff

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:49 AM

Direct to disk would be easiest. You don't need 4:4:4. And reliable codec will do you fine.
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#5 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 08:24 AM

Thanks, those are helpful suggestions. I usually capture from Mini-DV but for this short project wondered
if I should go to a higher format tape (although I would have to rent a deck for the capture) but the hard
drive makes much more sense as an alternative. So, that answered my question. It's either Mini-DV
which I can already play or if I can do it then into a hard drive which sounds more appealing. Thanks!
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