5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2007 12:29 PM by Studio X
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I've only just got my first HD (technically HDV) camera. I'm trying to wrap my head around the file sizes and formats.
When I import the clips from the camera (Canon HV-20) to iMovie or Final Cut, I get totally different file size. For instance, the same 5-second clip brought into iMovie because 38 MB compared to 18 MB when brought into Final Cut.
If I click on the file info, the clip after being imported into Final Cut is:
1440 X 1080 HDV 1080i60, Integer (Little Endian), Timecode

I heard that ProRes was an ideal format for keeping HD clips in, because of its small file sizes. But if I export this 5-second clip in an HQ ProRes format, then it ends up as 109 MB.

Put in the form of a question -- what I want to do is capture as much video as possible (preferably hours upon hours), which I store on a Hard Drive -- naturally, I need to minimize file sizes -- what do you think my best work-flow is to do this?

imac 2.4 GHz, 24" monitor, Mac OS X (10.4.10), also use powerbook 12 inch