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Chapter 1. Essential Equipment > Higher-Quality Video Editing

Higher-Quality Video Editing

For many applications, you'll want to edit with higher-quality video than DV. Final Cut Pro's features and functions work much the same regardless of the format you are working with. However, your program can have higher-quality composites and overall picture quality if you start acquiring your material with higher-quality video camera masters or telecine transfers (film to videotape), such as digital Betacam, and DVCPRO50 or even HD cameras. (However, with DVCPRO50, you don't need an additional capture card, because it has a FireWire 400 port.) To preserve all of this better quality, you also must add a capture card or higher-end converter to digitize or capture and maintain this higher quality. In digital video, the higher the quality you maintain, the more disk space that is necessary for the files. Faster speed from your media storage disks is also required.

Higher-End Capture Cards and Io

To capture or digitize video and audio from a Betacam machine or IMX format or any higher-than-DV-quality machine, you need a capture card or AJA's Io or a DV camera, media converter, or deck. Keep in mind, though, that if you use DV captures for these higher-quality formats, you lose some of the available color information and resolution that is recorded in the format. It's best to use a capture card or converter that is designed for uncompressed digitizing or capture to maintain the higher picture quality these formats provide. Final Cut Pro works with these formats as well as high-definition television formats. All of this also holds true for digital Betacam and other digital formats that other manufacturers make, such as the higher-end DVCPRO formats that Panasonic produces.


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