Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Workflow

Neoscene is dead. Also, it's just not really working for me. Following the post here I'm trying FCP and compressor.
It took two days to get this still of Julia Rae Maldonado without interlacing.

What's going on is that I'm having hellatious problems with interlacing. Which, seeing as how we're shooting in a progressive format, just shouldn't be happening.
I can't figure out why Neoscene is being such a problem with interlacing. For years Neoscene worked for us. Then suddenly it stopped working. I had to download a new version (and Cineform quickly got me a new serial number for which I am thankful) and I had trouble seemingly with the checkbox to filter 420 to 422.
But now even that doesn't work.
So the new way of bringing in footage from the GH1 is to

  1. Log and Transfer into Final Cut Pro. (We use ProRes SQ). And then:
  2. Set the footage to 23.976 using JES. Because, you know, why use one step when you can use two?

Final Cut Pro is terrible when it comes to data management. Why you would put final actual camera footage in a folder called "capture scratch" is completely beyond me. I mean seriously. Right?
Then with JES -- I can't actually find any instructions on the Internet which reflect the transcoding program with its most recent interface. So, uh, you kind of have to guess how to do a "reverse telecine" with it. If you click through all the menus and do what you think you should it seems to work out all right.

EDIT: it has not escaped my attention that perhaps this all means that we should be going to Red Giant's BulletProof.


Laura, Queen of Mars said...

That still is totally worth the work.

Kangas said...

I don't blame you for not using Premiere. I mean, to get your footage in you'd have to click Import and then...well, that's it. You might have to wait 10 minutes for it to transcode your files, if you have a lot of files.

If you were using Premiere I bet you could make 30 movies a year instead of the measly 15 you're doing now.

Andrew Bellware said...

We are poised to make the switch. One amusing thing about flipping to Premiere is that it costs a Final Cut Pro editor practically no time to learn the program.
I DO hate the fact that Premiere takes all that time to generate those dang "peak" files. Can't we make it stop doing that?

Kangas said...

I'm sure you could stop making it do that, but that would involve continuing to waste hours using Final Cut Pro to conform the files.