I wish I could have cut this in FCPX as the Event Browser would have been absolutely ideal for this project, but alas, I couldn’t cut it in X and I am still using the trusty FCP7.
Yes, it’s a 720p timeline, the whole piece is going to get a graphic sort of overlay which will include some color treatments, no special plugs for upscaling (this is a really quick cut piece as I am obviously trying to shove 100 years of time passed, spanning 60 years of acquired footage in to 3 mins or less) as quality is what it is. Some of it is great, most of it is not.
It makes me think that once 4k does in fact become some sort of every day post production reality, all of our hard HD work is going to look like SD does in HD.
This is slightly OT, but a big question with digital archiving is, does long shelf life matter like it does for analog? Straight data transfers don’t suffer the generational loss that is inherent to analog copies and tech is changing so fast now that “Do I have the hardware/software to read the data?” is a more relevant question than “Is that data still intact?”.
I’ve read in a couple different places that for archiving you should plan to transfer your data to current mediums and current codecs every 5-10yrs to avoid having a closet full of data on a medium (or in a codec/format) that is not accessible anymore.