kkrista & dancinbear, hopefully this answers both questions...
I use Final Cut Studio for my editor. Here are the basic steps I took to get from camera to what you see: (This is for the plant video, because it was shot in PF24 mode)
1. Capture video into FCP, keeping in mind that my sequence settings were as follows:- 1080i/60 (from the easy setup)- Apple Intermediate Codec (this will require rendering when placed in the timeline)
A little background as to why I did this. BTW... this is the way I understand it, or I should say, they way I got it to work... I am in no way a professional, nor claim this is absolute.
HDV standard format is 1080i/60. When you shoot 1080p/24 with the HV20, it gets set into a 1080i/60 wrapper. This leaves another step, removing the 3/2 pull down. You can do this in Cinema tools by running a Reverse Telecine... But, Cinema Tools is pickey, and using AIC was the only way I could get Cinema tools to like the clip.
2. You need to set the cadence... (I think cadence is the proper term) the way the HV20 lays the frames down is p-p-p-i-i, and to run the Reverse Telecine properly, you have to start and end the clip at the beginning of the cadence. When you have the video in the timeline and you go frame by frame, it is very easy to see the two interlaced frames. Simply back up to the start of the progressive frames and do a cut (control+v).
3. Export a self-contained quicktime movie. (ref movie may work?)
4. Open clip with Cinema Tools
5. Click Rev Telecine...
6. The only thing I changes was the Fields. Everything I saw in different posts say to use _CD_, but that did not work for me. I used DD, which worked.
7. Save off the .rev file
8. Now you have some options, for the plant movie, I opened the .rev with quicktime pro and exported using the following options:- Video Settings- Video Size
For more info on compression setting go to here:http://www.apple.com/quicktime/tutorials/h264.html
I beleive there is a bug with h.264 and CoreImage which results in washed out / unsaturated playback. What is even more weird is that it plays back fine within firefox on the mac (looks washed in safari). I really don't know what the problem is, all I know is that it exist. Can anyone elaborate? (I'm not trying to create a wandering post)
I have read post about changing your color space before export, it didn't help me. Adding a colorsync filter did not work either, although I did get different results.
I have also tried using Compressor and crunching a .mp4, which looked good... no wash out. But I have only casually tested and can not say conclusively that it works.
It is very annoying to think that apple knows this bug exits and doesn't publish a fix. Or if they have a fix/workaround, they sure have been good about hiding it.
Anyhow, hope this helps!
I need some tips on white balance, my colors seem washed at times when connected to my plasma via hdmi. I always manually white balance as auto REALLY looks bad. It seems to only happen in lower light. Any tips would be great.