rendering questions for fcp 5 and 6

Posted by Anonymous User 
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rendering questions for fcp 5 and 6
January 01, 2014 01:01PM
have some older fcp systems using fcp 5 and 6 and have come up with a question regarding rendering. in the sequence options there are four render settings for rgb, 8 bit, and a couple of yuv options. are these primarily for realtime output, like output to tape, or are they used also when rendering output to a quicktime file?

i'm wondering if the various settings picked in the file output settings will override these sequence settings or if the sequence's renderings are made use of in such an output. it would seem logical to me to make use of them for realtime playback and output, as in output to tape, but i wonder if they are used when going out to a file, not in real time.

Re: rendering questions for fcp 5 and 6
January 04, 2014 06:17PM
Good question, and it pertains to FCP7 too. Generally effects are what get rendered. Those four options under the Video Processing tab determine how the effects are calculated, so they affect the quality of the effects in the final QuickTime export. They incidentally affect whether unrendered real time playback is possible.

A further question is what the four options mean.

.....1. Always Render in RGB
.....2. Render in 8-bit YUV
.....3. Render 10-bit material in high-precision YUV
.....4. Render all YUV material in high-precision YUV

What Apple means by them is not exactly what they say. For example "high-precision" YUV reasonably means 32-bit floating point precision. But for Apple it also means that extended-range YUV which includes super-whites and sub-blacks will not be clipped (if the effects themselves allow them). They are clipped with option 2. Who knows Apple's exact meanings for the four options?

Dennis Couzin
Berlin, Germany
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