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Michael Pfost

Member Since:
December 8th 2010
59 Posts
Location:
Portland, Oregon
DVCPRO-HD AJ-HD1200A deck
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Hi - I'm looking at purchasing a used AJ-HD1200A deck for ingesting some HD and DVCPRO50 tapes. This particular deck only has firewire, not SDI. Is there significant quality loss when capturing HD mat
Re: DVCPRO-HD AJ-HD1200A deck
by frank Delaney 9 years ago
Hi There, this deck does have more than just firewire - it has 2xHD-SDI out and 1xHD-SDI in, DVCPRO DV via firewire, 4xaudio XLR out, 4xaudio in, component out via bnc The deck is very awkward to use
shuddering/juddering video when exported
by Sarah Lewis 9 years ago
HI, I have searched all the forums for a solution but cannot seem to find my exact problem. I've made video diaries with a group of students - shooting on a SD camcorder. The codec for this footage is
Re: shuddering/juddering video when exported
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
So your original footage is MPEG-2, but you are trying to play this on a DV codec timeline Doesn't sound like they would mix. I would convert the original footage into ProRes files (using Compressor).
Up-ressing 4:3 SD media to HD
by Adam Weinberg 9 years ago
I'm trying to find the best way to up-res SD media (already digitized with no access to master tapes) to HD, and it has become obvious rather quickly that the best way to do this must not be within FC
Re: Up-ressing 4:3 SD media to HD
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Red Giant Software has a good up-rez plugin called "Magic Bullet Instant HD." It does a pretty good job...
Having trouble compressing Apple Prores 422 into H.264/.mov
by Ernesto Roche 9 years ago
I have an 8 minute short film that i'm trying to upload on vimeo, its HD footage, and I'm having trouble converting the footage, i've tried the quicktime conversion and quicktime movie options on the
Re: Having trouble compressing Apple Prores 422 into H.264/.mov
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I would use a bitrate higher than 8,000 kbits sec (unless the size is an issue). Try 12,000 or 16,000 kbits sec for 1920x1080 video.
HDV/HD to DVDsd: real poor quality
by gabriele gismondi 9 years ago
Hi, i've looked deeply in the forum to look for some helping, but i found out that many people have my problem.. From a PRes (from HDV material)8-bit sequence, i'm trying to get the best quality versi
Re: HDV/HD to DVDsd: real poor quality
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I've always found that the key is to resize the video properly using Compressor and "Frame Controls." Using default settings or the FCP timeline to resize will give very poor results.
Pixelated Graphics
by Chris Olsen 9 years ago
I have a client that needs to mass produce a training video... I shot the whole thing in HD and am trying to make a SD DVD for cost purposes, the video looks fine but the graphics they used in it (all
Re: Pixelated Graphics
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I would avoid using FCP to resize your video. Use Compressor and turn on "Frame Controls" so that you can play around with the settings. I've also had excellent results using After Effects to resize.
VHS to ProRes - Professional Service Wanted
by Elijah Lynn 9 years ago
Does anyone know of a professional service that will take some old VHS tapes and convert to ProRes
Re: VHS to ProRes - Professional Service Wanted
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Hi Elijah, We offer ProRes 4:2:2 conversions as well... http: www.HDMediaServices.com
Noise in white areas on DVD
by Kylee Peña 9 years ago
I've tried everything I can think of to solve this and I'm wondering if it's the nature of DVDs or if I've missed something. I have a DVD with a lot of text. The workflow was a 720p TIFF sequence from
Re: Noise in white areas on DVD
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I would turn on "Frame Controls" and choose the "Resize Filter" of "Better" or "Best." Also, be sure to choose "Deinterlace" to "Better." The defaults usually don't give great results.
Digitizing Old Video8 and Hi8 tapes
by Isaac Brillant 9 years ago
Hi, I'd like to convert my old home-movie "Video8" and "Hi8" tapes from analog to digital, and import them using FCP. (I also have a few "Digital 8" tapes but I've been able to Log & Capture those fro
Re: Digitizing Old Video8 and Hi8 tapes
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Under "Device Control" try the setting "Uncontrollable Device." Also, if cost is not an issue -- make sure you have a good capture device and save the video as ProRes 4:2:2. You'll have excellent resu
Project Burned to DVD: Jagged Lines?
by Joe Martino 9 years ago
Haven't had this issue before but want to run it by you guys so I can better understand this. I have a project, 1920x1080, I did a few color corrections and just wanted to burn to DVD to test my foota
Re: Project Burned to DVD: Jagged Lines?
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I would think that FCP doesn't do a very good job at converting HD to SD. Use Compressor for the best results (or After Effects).
Multi DVD/CD Duplicator Recommendations Please
by Tiffany Chung 9 years ago
I'm in the process of researching multi DVD CD duplicators for my production company and am wondering what you all might think about the future and potential popularity and growth of Blu-Ray. Blu-Ray
Re: Multi DVD/CD Duplicator Recommendations Please
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
For multiple BD-R duplication, we use "The Cube" -- an automated solution (although it doesn't do the printing). It works well and can handle 25 discs at a time -- great to run overnight.
blu ray printable disc
by Kaye Woods 9 years ago
I am trying to find good ink jet, hub printable blu ray discs that DON'T have "verbatim" or something written on the inner ring of the disc. I need something that looks professional without the brand
Re: blu ray printable disc
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
On the cheap side, I've had great success with Optimum Quantum BD-R discs (under $2 ea). The thermal discs work well with a Teac P-55C printer.
Compressor (burning HD footage for SD DVD)
by Laura Weinstein 9 years ago
Hi, I was wondering I have a project in FCP. The footage is pro res 422 and the cameras are 5D and Sony Ex-1. I need to burn it at best quality to an SD DVD. I have sent the project to Compressor and
Re: Compressor (burning HD footage for SD DVD)
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I've had excellent results down-converting HD material to SD using After Effects. I then take the resulting ProRes file and create my MPEG-2 files for the DVD (using Compressor).
Creating a Music Video DVD from different format/size files
by Zoe Elliott 9 years ago
Hi All, I have a selection of music videos on a hard drive that someone has asked me to make into a DVD for them. Unfortunately, the videos are all different sizes and formats -some NTSC, some PAL- an
Re: Creating a Music Video DVD from different format/size files
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I would convert everything to the same format and size. I had to create a h.264 clip at 1080p and had a dozen different image sizes and codecs. I just converted everything to the same and it made edit
Riddled with Reverse Field Dominance - Take 2
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
So I've been working on converting a popular 1960's TV series into the PAL format. The film was telecined to NTSC DigiBeta. I was hoping to reverse telecine it (using Compressor), add bar and tones in
Re: Riddled with Reverse Field Dominance - Take 2
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Ok - well I figured out the problem. It had nothing to do with cropping in Compressor. I had a wrong setting in Episode Pro (used to create the MXF file). It was approved by the network. Thanks to all
Final Cut Pro field problem
by Senem Ocal 9 years ago
Hi everyone... Im really stuck with field problem. My video that i imported has no dominance. My sequance is no field dominance. But i see the video in final cut pro canvas monitor like this: http: im
Re: Final Cut Pro field problem
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
What did you import from Possibly a DVD
make a sd dvd from a 2k prores file
by Emmet Reddy 9 years ago
Hi all i have a 2k apple prores 422 hq time line in FCP, i want to make a high quality sd dvd Could anyone offer advice or point me in the direction of a good tutorial This will be a Pal dvd and will
Re: make a sd dvd from a 2k prores file
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I've always had good luck rendering it down in AE. Then take the resulting file and use Compressor to generate your MPEG-2 file.
Workflow for 29.97 NTSC -> 23.98 -> 25.00 PAL
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Hi - I am trying to convert a 60 minute (or so) film on NTSC Digibeta to PAL ProRes -- using Compressor. Here in my work-flow: 1. Capture tape in ProRes NTSC (720x486) 2. "Reverse Telecine" using Comp
Re: Workflow for 29.97 NTSC -> 23.98 -> 25.00 PAL
by Neil Sadwelkar 9 years ago
After step 2, where you have a 23.976 fps movie with sound that's perfectly in sync, you need to place video and audio together in FCP and export as a QuickTime movie self-contained. There won't be an
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PAL MXF File Creation Workflow
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Hi all -- I need to confirm my workflow of a NTSC video converted into a PAL MXF File (IMX-50 D-10, Op1a, BES Audio) for broadcast in Australia. 1. I captured the video into a ProRes 4:2:2 NTSC file (
Re: PAL MXF File Creation Workflow
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
Ahh - I didn't see the specific forum for Episode Pro. Good to know :-) Thanks for your response as well...
HD animation compression for web
by Ben Popp 9 years ago
Okay.... So I shot my original footage on 16mm and had it transferred to HD. This came back to me as a PRO RES HQ file. I changed sequence settings to match the footage and went on my way editing. I s
Re: HD animation compression for web
by Michael Pfost 9 years ago
I wouldn't use FCP to deinterlace, instead use Compressor. The results are much better. Also, be sure you are using ProRes files through-out your entire workflow, then use Compressor to create your h.
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