Where the old meets the new in Final Cut Pro X

Older video recordings sometimes need a bit of work doing on them before they can be uploaded to a website, included in a mobile app or transfer to DVD. It’s at this stage that old video recordings meet very new digital technology.

Modifying ageing film clips in Final Cut Pro X

Modifying ageing film clips in Final Cut Pro X

Older analogue video tape recordings can suffer from a range of problems due to their age, wear and tear, and so on. However, the number of videocassettes that are brought to us for transfer for DVD and web applications in a poor condition is surprisingly small. In the main, videotape is an immensely robust medium for storing video signals. We regularly transfer VHS and S-VHS tapes to DVD or convert to web-ready formats like MPEG-4, WMV or Quicktime at our Milton Keynes studio and the quality is usually good even if it’s 20 or more years old.

However, from time to time an older recording might just need a bit of tweaking – either because it just doesn’t look right on today’s high quality TV displays or the customer might require some editing to re-shape it in a way that’s appropriate for uploading to the web, sharing to mobile devices like iPhones and iPads via iTunes or copying to DVD disc.

Professional-quality video recorders employed in your tape transfer

For that, we’ll play the recording on a professional standard video player – in the case of VHS and S-VHS that would be the JVC BR-S822E – and stabilize and correct the video signal using a modern timebase corrector. Sound is then balanced in a studio-quality Soundcraft sound mixer, with both the video and the stereo audio then being fed to a Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle analogue-to-digital video converter and processor prior to being fed to Blackmagic’s own Media Express capture software on an Apple Mac computer system that’s dedicated to video capture, transcoding and post-production.

Media Express allows us to capture in a wide range of compression formats, including 10-bit Uncompressed Quicktime YUV 422, any of the Apple ProRes422 family of codecs and even DPX (which is widely used by the film and video archiving industry). Many other video formats, such as DV-MOV, DV-AVI and MPEG-4/H.264 can also be created for clients wishing to work with the files in their own editing or archiving workflows.

Adding a bit of shine to your video recordings

The ability to made adjustments to clips, such as adjusting the brightness, contrast, gamma, color balance and other key aspects of each recording, can be undertaken in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X software – widely regarded in the professional video post-production industry as being the most advanced piece of software of its kind.

So, if you need your video capturing, editing (with titles, credits, soundtrack mixing, etc) and then uploaded to a website or authored to DVD in its new, improved form, then we’re well placed to undertake this for you. To discuss your requirements, please contact Colin using the Contact page and we’ll be pleased to help.

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