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  • Posted by Jian on April 2, 2005 at 10:51 am

    I have a 20min project, should on dv. Digitized the footage thru firewire — DV compression, medium quality.

    Now that the editing is completed and picture is locked, I would like to up-res the footage to the best possible quality.

    Questions:

    – What would be the best possible resolution? I don’t have any additional hardware other than the firewire port.

    – How do I re-digitize? Tried to take the clips offline and re-digitizing them at DV compression, best quality but have been problems. The supposedly higher quality clips can’t be re-connected to the timeline, or the size of the files are the same as the medium quality files (which does not make sense to me!) What do I do?

    Thank you.

    Walter Biscardi replied 19 years, 2 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    April 2, 2005 at 12:53 pm

    You can’t improve the picture from what you already have. Up rezzing isn’t going to make the picture better at all. In fact it can be argued it lowers the picture quality. i.e. you can’t make it better than the native format, so stay right where you are I’d say. About the only reason to up res something is that it’s mixed with higher quality footage, and/or you have a lot of computer generated graphics included…

    When you set the first capture to be of “medium” quality, you really didn’t change anything at all… the slider doesn’t really affect anything with a firewire DV capture. In the case of DV, you are simply transferring the data, and not changing it’s quality at all.

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  • Walter Biscardi

    April 2, 2005 at 12:54 pm

    [Jian] “- What would be the best possible resolution? I don’t have any additional hardware other than the firewire port. “

    With your current config, you can only go to full quality DV, which will still be a 5:1 compressed image. You will either require an internal capture card, such as an Aurora PipePro or AJA Kona, or an external box like the AJA Io to recapture the footage in an Uncompressed codec. Remember that you will need drives with sufficient speed to capture and play back this material. Uncompressed codec won’t improve the quality of the video image itself, what it does give you is much better quality graphics and effects.

    [Jian] “- How do I re-digitize? Tried to take the clips offline and re-digitizing them at DV compression, best quality but have been problems. The supposedly higher quality clips can’t be re-connected to the timeline, or the size of the files are the same as the medium quality files (which does not make sense to me!) What do I do? “

    When you say medium quality, are you talking about the quality setting in the timeline? This is only for playback from FCP and has nothing to do with the quality of your captures. Simply flip that to “High” and your video image will improve. If you’re capturing at DV NTSC (or PAL) 48khz, then you’re capturing full DV files.

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