NTSC to Beyond HD – Watchout Screen

A few weeks back I started a post on editing for the Watchout system. Since then there has been small but steady progress.

While most of the modules are still in the planning stage, one module was basically being recycled from previous years. The Flag Module is a celebration of each of the 190 countries that are part of the Lions Clubs Organization. It consists of a parade of flags being presented live on stage, as well as a video module that plays in the background.

The video is normally redesigned and recreated roughly every 3 years, so that the cost of doing the video is spread out over time. The only problem is that last year we recycled the video from NTSC to HD, and this year we have to go from HD up to the Watchout Resolution of 3358 x 768. That’s super huge, and super wide.

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Recommended Reading: Starting Your Own Business?

Ten years ago starting your own post production business was a pretty big undertaking. Just the initial investment in equipment alone could set you back over $100K for a very modest setup. Add to that the cost of office space, the build out, office furniture and equipment and business insurance, and it was out of reach for all but the most well funded entrepreneurs.

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Recommended Reading: Starting Your Own Business?

Emyth Book CoverTen years ago starting your own post production business was a pretty big undertaking. Just the initial investment in equipment alone could set you back over $100K for a very modest setup. Add to that the cost of office space, the build out, office furniture and equipment and business insurance, and it was out of reach for all but the most well funded entrepreneurs.

But due to the progression in technology and the drastic drop in prices, nearly anybody can open a little boutique of their own. And in fact, more and more editors are opting to leave their full time job to pursue freelance editing, while also having their own system setup in an extra room or their basement. For many post houses, filling a senior editor job has become a difficult task, with so many of the talented editors deciding to make their own path.

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Tech Note: Importing AVCHD with Final Cut

If you have one of those new tapeless camcorders, chances are pretty good that it records in AVCHD on a memory stick, hard drive, or DVD disk.

Final Cut Pro still does not nativly support AVCHD, but will automatically transcode it into ProRes by default, or the Apple Intermediate CODEC (if you’re using iMovie it’s Apple Intermediate by default).

If you’re already used to importing P2 media using the Log and Transfer window inside of Final Cut Pro, then the process is the same using AVCHD. However, some have had problems (myself included) with Final Cut continuing to crash during the import.

Very often this problem stems from having the QuickTime component Perian installed. Perian allows QT to play back additional file types that would not otherwise be supported. However it seems it does cause a conflict in this case. The quick fix is to remove the file “Perian.component” from you Library/QuickTime folder. Once you do that, importing should resume as normal.

Apple has an official tech note on the problem as well.

Updated Tuesday; February 26, 2008

About a week ago Perian 1.1 was released. My hope is that this fixed the problem, but I have not had time to test it. If you have let me know what your experience has been.

Using Flash Player with H.264 Files

Using Flash Player with H.264 Files:

Since late last year when Adobe announced the next version of Flash player would support H.264 video playback, people have been excited at the possibilities. Finally, it looks like video on the web is becoming standardized to the point that you don’t need to worry about the end user being able to play your video or not. While the last few versions of flash video have made great strides in image quality and file size, it still does not compare to H.264.

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