- April 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I posted a question on April 3 concerning having HDCam master tapes made. Now that post is pretty far down the list. I’m hoping someone can help me with the answers. It’s important for me to get my project in the right format before I send it off.
The post was called. HDCam and Vegas – The Last Step
Thanks for any information.
- April 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Hi Roger, I was hoping someone who has worked with HDCAM would reply but seeing as they have not I’ll comment on your post. Vegas does not output HDCAM. It outputs XDCAM which is different. If you have a friend that will create an HDCAM tape for you then I would ask them what format they can ingest. You can create an XDCAM EX file from Vegas if that’s what they can use but ultimately it will depend on what they can convert to HDCAM.
I was also wondering if PBS knew that you shot HDV? If they are expecting HDCAM they may also be expecting HDCAM “quality”, not just HDV on an HDCAM “tape”.
- April 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm
Hi Roger. I think you would want to give your friend a QT lossless file. Probably QT animation. But these produce gigantic file sizes so there may be better codec that gives excellent quality without the huge file size.
- April 8, 2010 at 11:35 am
…there may be better codec that gives excellent quality without the huge file size.
That would be Sony MXF. Using the HD422 1920×1080-60i 50 Mbps template will give you twice the color space and twice bit-rate of the original HDV. That should be plenty good enough.
- April 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Thanks for this information. I don’t know why this seems to such an industry mystery or secret. Surely others must be having to do this all the time. Even the many people that I’ve contacted who have the equipment to make the master tapes seem baffled.
Also discouraging hearing them them all tell me that Vegas is impossible. Sony really needs to make some improvements in this area so our projects can be brought to a stage where others in the field who don’t use Vegas can work with them.
Thanks everyone for helping, especially you John. You are always there for us. Thanks.
- April 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Thanks John. I’ll have to remember this one. Your advise is gold!!
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