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  • broadcast workflow2

    Posted by Peter Crawford on September 25, 2008 at 11:02 pm


    IM working on a 30sec add for broadcast(pal) and have been given H.264 footage to work with.

    I was advised to convert this to pro res in compressor which I have done.

    I have to put on titles and txt in motion and then output to a file to be put on digibeta for TV broadcast.

    What would be the best workflow?

    export my pro res to motion and back and then export from fcp in pro res also?

    The broadcast specs specify SD PAL I believe,

    so should I simply set up motion as Broadcast DV?

    I need obviousley the graphics to be as sharp as possible which I struggle with, Ive tried in the past to export as animation which looks great on the mac but when burnt to DVD the footage looks terribly jittery.


    Peter Crawford replied 15 years, 5 months ago 3 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Scott

    September 26, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I would not “export and import” to and from Motion.

    If you right click on the footage in the timeline, there is a “Send to Motion” option. This will open motion and you can do the work there. Just close and save motion, and the changes appear in the FCP timeline.
    You might have to “lasso” all the layers you want to work on in motion.

    BTW, If you decide you don’t like the results, a couple of “Command Z’s” will bring you back to your original timeline.

  • Rafael Amador

    September 26, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I guess that you have converted the H264 to ProRes Upper-first. The setting that you need in Motion is “PAL Broadcast SD”.
    I would bring the footage to Motion (no send to Motion), make the graphics and export the graphics only as Animation with Alpha channel. Then import the graphics and render in FC. Like that you avoid your footage (Proress) be converted from YUV to RGB and back to YUV.
    You can also “Send to Motion” as Scott suggest. But I personally prefer the first method. Some times FC and Motion don’t work together as expected and this could complicate your life.

  • Peter Crawford

    December 10, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Hi, thanks for the reply
    What do you mean by ‘bring’ the footage to motion? I normally use the send to option, save, and return to fcp.



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