Digital Betacam transfer options for DVD production

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Wotcha, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. Wotcha

    Wotcha Guest

    Hello folks

    I have been given video footage on Digital Betacam from which to make
    a commercial DVD - about 3 hours' worth. This is the first time I have
    used third-party broadcast material as I usually shoot footage on my
    Canon XM1 and use firewire to import into Final Cut Pro.

    What would people recommend I transfer the footage onto - in order to
    preserve the quality at reasonable cost? I would like the option of
    producing a HD version of the DVD in the future, although the source
    material actually dates from 1976!

    Your comments and suggestions would be most welcome.

    Wotcha, Oct 18, 2007
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  2. Finul Cut Pro is a good choice, the question is whether you have any video
    interface with SDI inputs which easily allows you to preserve quality. If
    yes, you have to consider which codec to choose for capture. Unfortunately
    I'm not video editor and I can't give you any hint here.

    And if you can, just keep this tape for future. When HD recorders will
    become a standard everywhere, you will be able to capture it easily again. I
    don't think Digital Betacam become unreadable in the next couple of years as
    almost every professional SONY machine nowadays (HDCAM, SRW etc.) is
    backward compatible (for playback only).
    Tadeusz Krzeminski, Oct 20, 2007
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  3. Wotcha

    Wotcha Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions. I have asked around for anyone with such
    an interface. If anyone has suggestions on suitable codecs then feel
    free to chip in. In the past DV has been fine, but I'm conscious of
    wanting to 'up the quality' for any future usage. Is there a
    calculator for working out how much HD space I would need to store in
    various formats?

    Wotcha, Oct 22, 2007
  4. As far as I am concerned, AJA is the most reasonable choice.
    ProRes 4:2:2 is a new codec inplemented in the lastets Final Cut Pro (6).
    Might be worth to see it and to consider using it - seems to be future
    proof. Expensive though...
    If you dig deeper, you should find some tools on the net.

    Good luck!
    Tadeusz Krzeminski, Oct 25, 2007
  5. Wotcha

    Frank Guest

    Speaking of AJA, the following is taken directly from my Web page (URL
    in sig).

    AJA Video Systems offers a free program for calculating data rates and
    storage space requirements for video files based upon user-selected
    frame size, frame rate, and compression parameters. For maximum
    accuracy, audio sampling rate, bit depth, and number of channels can
    also be specified. Both Mac and Windows versions of the program are
    available at the links given below (look under "Utilities and Optional
    Downloads"). Use of an AJA capture card (Kona, Xena, etc.) is not
    necessary in order to use these programs.

    AJA Data Rate Calculator Application Version 2

    AJA Data Rate Calculator Application Version 1 for Windows
    Frank, Oct 26, 2007
  6. Tadeusz Krzeminski, Oct 26, 2007
  7. Wotcha

    Frank Guest

    You're very welcome. Hope that it proves useful to you. It's not
    absolutely perfect in every way (few things in life are, after all),
    but it definitely is one of the better calculators that I've come
    Frank, Oct 27, 2007
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