Good day everyone! I have a question after scouring the net for answers and all of the Canopus, AJA sites etc. This is not a question that’s not be asked before, however… there are some solutions that I’m interested in knowing if anyone here has had experience with or has a newer better option for me to invest in. I made a feature documentary that won numerous festival awards around the world. Took 8 years to shoot (2001 to 2008) a year to cut and put it out in festivals for 2 years. 90% of it was shot with an DVX100a and 100b as well as in 25 and 50bit DVCPro. I have a Panasonic Play/Rec deck with the Mini DV adapter. I can certainly capture into FCPX 10.5.4 (latest update) via a Canopus device from Firewire 400 into a OWC hub via Firewire 800. Here’s my question…I found the AJA io HD box. It’s no longer being manufactured but, there are a few out there for sale and reasonably priced. The box upscales and can deliver in 4:2:2. However, I’m not sure if there are drivers needed for FCPX? Additionally, if anyone has gone this route how did it come out? What I don’t want to do is what the Canopus does, compresses even more, at least that’s what the quality is. It would be great to have the DV/DVC footage at a higher bit rate and clean. If there is another option out there would you all be so kind to share?
My suggestion is to use hardware to capture the highest quality clip as possible in the same resolution as the original. Then use software to upscale.
I just finished a job that had a similar objective. I had a 320×240 avi file from a surveillance camera that needed to be upscaled for use in a legal matter. It didn’t involve hardware, but the upscaling was with software.
I used Shutter Encoder to convert the avi file to ProRes 422 in the same resolution. In FCPX I improved the exposure then exported the result as ProRes 422 in the same resolution.
My final step was to use Topaz Labs’ Video Enhance AI to upscale 400%. It took an M1 Mac Mini over 5 hours to render an almost 19-minute clip. The result looked considerably better than the original.
Video Enhance AI is an incredible app. You can find it at topazlabs dot com. They have a fully function trial so you can test how it’d work for you.
I have no connection with Topaz Labs other than being an extremely happy customer. I own and use many of their amazing products.