I'm an experienced photographer who has been asked to shoot stills for a three-minute music video. While I'm happy enough with stills I know next to nothing about video or animation work, but am prepared to put in the hours playing with FCP to get the job done.
A few details: the video will be 1920 x 1080, 'shot' with stills from a 5dii or 1Dx. I'll probably aim for 30 FPS, since I can...
All images will be shot in RAW and batch processed in LR5.
Now, where I need help is advice on file format exporting from LR5 to then be imported into FCP. My initial thoughts are to set aspect ratio in LR to 16:9 and then export to tif, setting:
Colour space: AdobeRGB (1998)
Bit depth: 8 bits
Resize to fit: long edge to 1920 pixels
Resolution: 72 DPI
This is just ] a guess; I'm pretty sure it will work, but I have no idea if these settings are optimal pr just naive guesses. I would like to produce the highest quality product I can for my friends, so I'm not too bothered about creating vast files providing they can be sensibly processed in FCP on my Mac Pro.
Last, but not least, would the settings change between a colour vs B&W video?
Compression: none, nop, zero, nil, forbiden
Colorspace: srgb (unless you want to work in ps)
10 bits minimum
Ps: depending on the systems, you want to give
A look at OpenEXR (ps takes it), in the ILM website,
Wich is more storage efficient than Tiff and sprcially
Optimized for fx
You can also choose DPX.
Your master has to be rock solid as from it you'll create
Your families (archiving, web,broadcast, cine...)
A note: be carefull on the rezise before editing. You may
Want to use another composition on some takes and
Crop manually. If you do that before, then you are stucked
With the sequence already fitting the aspect ratio and reso
Wich will give you zero flexibility.
Personaly, i'll always keep the images 3 times your output
So it gives you room to make editorial decisions.
the general idea is not thinking final decisions at the
Beginning. It never works like that and you'll regret it.
For ex: you may think that you color correct your images
First and never look back. Bad calculation because there
Is a high probability that you will want to look back
At a different stage.
I will never get tired to repeat over and over again
The golden rules of editing:
1 STABILITY. (no fancy compression-calculations. Don't
Stress the softwares with unproper material. )
2 FLEXIBILITY (never think final before the end)