Posts Tagged ‘voltaic

02
Jul
08

Posting The Black Keys – Levels of Hell 1 thru 3

The Black Keys – Strange Times

We used three cameras for the production of The Black Keys Private Artist Showcase:

2 x Canon HV20 recording HDV 1080p24

1 x Canon HF10 recording AVCHD 1080p24

Ideally, we would have had 3 HV20’s for total parity. Alas, Mike the Mailman decided to purchase the Canon HF10 which records 1440×1080 24p in AVCHD to a solid state memory card. And here the troubles began.

My brother Jon searched far and wide for a method to convert the .m2ts HF10 media to a format that Final Cut Pro 6 could understand. The solution he found was Voltaic.

Voltaic has the ability to convert Canon HF10 footage to 1440×1080 29.97 AIC Quicktime. Fantastic.

Not so fantastic is that it takes forever and there is no progress bar. Prepare for the suck.

Suckier still, this means the footage Jon captured from the two HV20 tapes as 1080p24 HDV now needed to be converted to Advanced Intermediate Codec (AIC) 29.97 to match the HF10 format so we could create a multiclip to edit. Grrr.

And all of this takes time.

Yes, these Private Artist Showcases are a labor of love. But try capturing 2 hours of tape and 1 hour of AVCHD from the HF10. Then use Voltaic to convert the 1 hour of .m2ts HF10 footage to an editable Quicktime format over the course of 4 hours (or more according to Jon). And then, convert the two hours of HDV to AIC over the course of another 2 hours.

You are now close to 10 hours of capture / ingest time and you haven’t even started to edit yet. For 3 hours of footage. And this is all on a dual 2.6GHz MacPro tower using FW800 LaCie drives. Not a slow setup by any means.

Hand me a gun so I can shoot myself in the face.

Tune in next time when things start to go bad.

proactively • pricking his finger on the tip of the iceberg • peter

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02
Jul
08

Strange Times – Posting The Black Keys

You may know about The Black Keys.

And you may know about the Canon HF10 and HV20 cameras.

Throw them in a pot with a slathering of blood sweat and tears, a tablespoon of the right industry connections, and mix with 12 hours of your life that you will never, ever get back, then bring to a rendering boil.

Equipping backup underpants is highly recommended before viewing due to the high concentration of fiber-optic content.

Assuming you’ve had the chance to wipe, I’ll continue with outlining the hell(s) that was posting this footage:

1st Level of Hell

Capturing Footage

2nd Level of Hell

Converting HF10 footage using Voltaic

3rd Level of Hell

Conforming footage for multiclip

4th Level of Hell

Identifying the Corrupted Portion of the HF10 Quicktime that causes FCP to crash

5th Level of Hell

Discovering Color cannot read the HF10 Quicktime

6th Level of Hell

Finding out FCP cannot export the final Quicktime in any way. Period.

7th Level of Hell

Realizing you’ve spent 6 hours of your life just troubleshooting this entire workflow and you will never get those 6 hours back.

So there’s the initial outline of the post process, each step with its own personalized level of Hell all to itself. Check back soon for descriptions of each Level of Hell in excruciating, awful detail.

proactively • not looking forward to reliving this • peter




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