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Better renders in Leopard than Snow Leopard?

1320 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2009 10:55 PM by mugwump88 RSS
mugwump88 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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Sep 10, 2009 3:19 PM
Okay, been following the issues between Final Cut Studio 2 and 3...

But is anyone finding the renders from FCP and Compressor of better quality in Leopard rather than Snow Leopard?

Comparing some Apple TV outputs from Final Cut Studio 3 in Leopard and Snow Leopard, it does appear to me that the previous system had sharper and clearer outputs, but I can't be certain since the clips are different material.

SL uses the new Quicktime X framework and Leopard uses Quicktime 7. There are some odd issues popping up with the X player that did not exist in 7, such as 4:3 movies suddenly turning 16:9 with the new player, the stair stepping renders when downsizing with Compressor, unable to adjust video tracks in the new player, etc.

So I'm wondering if there is a consensus as to the render quality in FCP and Compressor in Snow Leopard and Quicktime X. I just added a partition and installed Leopard there in case I choose to only edit in leopard.
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  • accarda Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 9:26 AM (in response to mugwump88)
    I wouldn't be so sure that SL uses the new Quicktime X to do its job as it seems that for now QTX is just the player more than the platform kit.

    You can read this interesting article about SL, it's a little bit long but full of informations:

    If you go directly at page #6 you will see that there will be long time before we will be using the new QTX platform (at least based on the writer's opinion).

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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Sep 14, 2009 5:05 AM (in response to mugwump88)
    Actually, Snow Leopard uses Quicktime Pro frame work when it comes to compression in Final Cut Pro/Compressor, not Quicktime X. That one reason Quicktime Pro is still in Snow Leopard. Quicktime Pro is in the Utilities folder now in Snow Leopard.

    Message was edited by: David M Brewer
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