Converting HD footage to SD
Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:31 PM
however, neither of the computers running these programs are powerful enough to handle HD footage.
therefore, i am trying to convert the footage to SD, or something more practical to work with.
i do not know if i should originally capture the footage as SD (or something with a smaller file size) or convert the full quality HD footage. furthermore, i have no idea how to go about doing this.
any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
Posted 01 July 2008 - 12:33 AM
Posted 02 July 2008 - 01:09 PM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:46 PM
By your wording, it seems like you only want the SD for an offline. If that is the case, then by all means capture to the highest quality possible, then render quick proxies in whichever program you decide upon by just exporting the whole thing in a lower resolution. Then edit with those, and conform them back to the capture files (which should be exactly the same except higher resolution as your working files) when you're done. Then no clunky re-capturing necessary.
But if you mean you only want a nice SD deliverable, then still capture in the highest quality possible. As a general rule, higher quality acquisition leads to a higher quality result. All variables beside basic pixel-resolution aside, the consensus is that HD properly downrezzed to SD looks better than if just captured to SD (same principal as when scanners oversample). I mentioned properly, as premiere and final cut do not downrez properly, they do it quickly. I know you'll get better results with after effects if you are sticking with software, others here can probably recommend other solutions.
If you're unsure which way you're going, do an offline, online to HD, then properly downrez to SD. That way you're all set for whatever happens. I hope my post helped in some way.
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:06 PM
Jorge De Silva