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#1 Carter Dickson

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:04 PM

About four years ago I set out to make an idea of mine into a short 10 minute film using 'real' film instead of using my Canon GL-2. Back then I didn't know much about film shooting so I set out to learn.

Fast forward, after a lot of experimentation with reversal film, I feel reasonably confident about lighting and shooting Tri-X Super 8 to get the results I am looking for. The projected results have looked good and even my simple DIY telecines were not half bad either.

But now that HD is all the rage, I'm thinking I might want to go this route rather than my original plan, which was to get a simple SD telecine to Mini-DV (paid pro service not DIY). From there I'd simply import into an NLE just like I always have with Mini-DV footage from my GL-2.

Now I believe I can get HD transfers to Mini-DV but it seems that hard drives and certain file formats are the preferred method. Why is this? I am clueless about this and when I read about it I find it very confusing.

Any advice on what I need to know if I opt for to go HD? Or where I can turn to for a laymen's explanation on all this?

If it is relevant, I plan on using either Final Cut Express or Sony Vegas to edit with.

Any help and info on this would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 05:59 PM

HD to hard drive is very simple. As opposed to capturing off of tape as you would you'd import the file. what formats you can work with will depend on your editing system, but the main benefit of HD to a hard drive is that you negate the need to rent a deck and/or system with the appropriate i/o for true HD on tapes. The down side is archivability as hard drives have a tendency, to well, break.
My current work-flow, and this is for S16mm, is develop and do a best light to ProResHQ 1080p for editorial in FCP for an eventual re-scan to HDCamSR and a tape to tape color correction. For S8mm what I'd probably do woudl be ProResHQ@1080p for a mac workstation, edit in FCP and grade a bit in color then export out as whatever you need.
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#3 Carter Dickson

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 01:46 PM

Adrian

Thank you for the info. I will do some more homework using your advice as a reference.
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