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#1 Alex Fuchs

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:12 PM

Hi,
we have shot a feature length documentary with the sony xdcam ex1 and now we have to prepare the final cut for the digital print. The postproduction facility asked us to convert the stuff to apples pro res codec. We've edited the film with final cut pro and the film will be graded before print out. Has anyone experience with that workfolw? For me as an editor it seems that there is no need for the convertion to apples pro res... thanks a lot.
cheers from Berlin,
Alex
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#2 Adam Garner

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 03:06 PM

Did you edit in FCP in XDCAM rather than ProRes?

And, so, the post facility is printing out to film and they want your source material as ProRes?

The benefit of ProRes is that not only is it comparable to uncompressed file quality, the file sizes are significantly smaller and is designed to play in realtime (with a lot of streams for editing) on intel chipsets.

So, ProRes is a benefit in the post workflow. But it sounds like you did all your post in XDCAM (which isn't really recommended since it's a long GOP format). Most new-workflow post houses work in ProRes. That's ultimately (probably) why they would prefer your final edit in ProRes, especially if they are color correcting in Color. ProRes is like magic in Color since it can grade so quickly. You'd NOT want to do this in XDCAM.

If you simply transcode your final edit, it's not really too big of a deal. You're not getting any better quality or anything... it's just a better post production codec for your post house.

Hope that adds something.

Edited by Adam Garner, 22 November 2010 - 03:08 PM.

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