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  • Mon, Apr 4 2011 11:49 AM

    • Chas Fisher
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    Urgent need for best project and import settings for dv files

    Dear all,

    I am still an early AVID user so please bear with me. I have version 5.0.3 on Mac.

    A minister has asked me to compile a whole lot of scenes from DVDs for a sci fi oriented church service. She dropped round all the films in m4v (having ripped with handbrake). I tried importing these files direct and it was a disaster.

    I have since converted thse to dv using media streamclip and have tried to import them into AVID. However, my project and media settings were all out of whack because 1 hour of dv footage, once imported, took up 300GB.

    Could someone please recommend best set-up and import settings so this can stay manageable?

    Many thanks!

    Chas

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  • Mon, Apr 4 2011 12:10 PM In reply to

    Re: Urgent need for best project and import settings for dv files

    DV footage is approx 5mins per GB so 60mins of footage should be 12GB or so. Sounds like you have selected and Avid resolution that is much higher than DV. Even uncompressed SD is only 1 min per GB so 60GB or so for an hour.

    General advice would don;t be passive in your source content. Do your tests and instruct what format you need things in.

    Having the Avid codecs installed on the DVD ripping machine should allow ripping direct to the required Avid codec and a fast import (or AMA) into Avid.

    Doing extra encoding to the content won't help with quality.

     

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  • Mon, Apr 4 2011 12:18 PM In reply to

    • Chas Fisher
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    Re: Urgent need for best project and import settings for dv files

    Thanks Pat.

    In the next project I will definitely do that.

    However, in this instance, would you mind recommending which project and import settings I should use just to do this quick job and keep it manageable?

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  • Mon, Apr 4 2011 12:33 PM In reply to

    Re: Urgent need for best project and import settings for dv files

    Hi,

    If you're in an NTSC country, 30i project, import everything using DV411 resolution.  If you're in a PAL country, 25i project, import everything using DV420 resolution.

    ciao,
    Carl 

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