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  • Bill Buchanan

    August 4, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Developing a doc to be shot 1080p/23.98 with a Panasonic camera system using P2 cards. The resulting full resolution mxf files will be much too large to handle both for storage and to do the creative editing. The show will be edited on a PC sys with Prem Pro CS3 using a BMD HD Extreme card, etc. The sys ( with 4TB/Raid 5) plays back full resolution 1080p files fine provided no effects are applied to the clip. So, the throughput speed is ample to review each mxf file.

    So, the question is: How does one down convert mxf files to either low rez 720p avi files, or lower yet to SD avi which contain original TC? I’m guessing there is software (or affordable hardware) that does that.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bill Buchanan
    Buchanan Film Co.

  • Vince Becquiot

    August 5, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Affordable is always relative. The easiest would be using Cineform Prospect HD. Not sure what support it has for BM, but it’s great on AJA systems.

    BTW, a camera like the HVX would give you more bang for the buck at 720, since that’s its native resolution. DVCPro HD is a pretty compact format, so I’m not sure you’ll be able to get around the storage issues with much lesser requirements.

    Also, be careful with 24PN for example since you won’t be able to preview corretly directly through BM.


  • Bill Buchanan

    August 5, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Vince: Thanks for your response. I won’t be using the HVX200, though it’s a helluva fine little machine. This project will be shot with a Pana 3000 or 3700, full raster 1920 x 1080/23.98PsF. That’s why I need to figure a way to down convert the camera original mxf files. Otherwise, I’ll need a warehouse full of raid arrays to accommodate the footage for the creative edit.

    I’ll check out Cineform Prospect HD, which sounds like it might be an option. Though I’ve never used any of their apps, I’ve read quite a lot of good things about them.

    Bill Buchanan
    Buchanan Film Co

  • Vince Becquiot

    August 5, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Great camera choice. In that case, yes I think Prospect HD is the way to go.

    They have trials for all versions, I would check and see if it works for you.


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