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#1 Carl Battreall

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:20 AM

Finishing up my film and looking for a post house that can create an HDCAM master and copies for film festival submissions. The film is being edited on Vegas Pro, 720 24p.

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:22 AM

Where are you Carl? it'll help finding a proper post house.
Though, if you can export your movie as "Uncompressed HD" then you will be able to take it to any post house.
I'm not sure if I'd go HDCam, though for festival submissions or HDCam off of a 720p timeline (it's 1080 if I recall), but that's your choice
I'd strike an HD Master and an SD Master (from which you can create your HD/SD DVDs for submissions). Normally HDCam/D-Beta, but again, I'm not sure what'd happen with 720P footage as I'm used to working in 1080.
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#3 Carl Battreall

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:11 PM

Where are you Carl? it'll help finding a proper post house.
Though, if you can export your movie as "Uncompressed HD" then you will be able to take it to any post house.
I'm not sure if I'd go HDCam, though for festival submissions or HDCam off of a 720p timeline (it's 1080 if I recall), but that's your choice
I'd strike an HD Master and an SD Master (from which you can create your HD/SD DVDs for submissions). Normally HDCam/D-Beta, but again, I'm not sure what'd happen with 720P footage as I'm used to working in 1080.


Adrian,
I am in Alaska, no options here! The reason I shot 720p was because we needed to over crank it alot and I unfortunatly didn't have a camera that could do 1080P 60fps.

Its an outdoor adventure documentary film, so most of the festivals that screen outdoor-adventure films want HDCAM. I was thinking of doing an HD and Beta master.

I can output an uncompressed file, the one house I found (millers in SF) suggested outputing the film to a Quicktime file? I would think uncompressed would give better results.

One last question, should I add standard broadcast intro (color bars, tone and 30 seconds of black) or should I let the house do that when they create the master?

Thanks Again,
Carl
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

Well Carl, Quicktime like AVI is just a file wrapper, under which you put the codec. Kind of like a x mas gift ;) So you can export an uncompressed HD file and put it into a Quicktime wrapper, or an AVI, and vice versa. Most post houses should be able to deal with both, though I'd say generally Quicktime is more used.
Alaska huh? I've always wanted to shoot up there. Ahh one of these days!
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