i do cine conversions and from time i get requests to create a file which is best for mac users. what would be the best quality file format options that i could offer to a mac user ( i believe that an avi is out of the question). secondly
would i need a mac to capture? sorry if these are stupid questions..
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"Mac" covers a wide range. Is the target a stock iBook or a Final Cut Pro edit station?
"best quality file format" means playable on the widest range of machines or best picture quality?
What format is the file now?
Is this file to be edited at the destination or just played? If edit, RAW DV format as in .DV
Quicktime Pro will convert DV.AVI to DV.DV Raw.
im looking to give them a quality copy that they can use with the widest range of machines and best picture quality
sorry cant be clearer really!
if i had to guess, 9 times outta ten it would be to play and edit using higher end programs such as final cut prophilippe
If you are supplying to most post houses Uncompressed 8bit Quicktime is always the best for FCP users. If they are going to be editing in smoke, fire etc you can never go wrong with TGA sequences delivered on external drives as they are large (1 gbish a minute). If you are going to smaller post houses QT DV will probably do it all depends on what the client wants and the final output.
It would help to know the source format. By "cine conversions" I thought you meant home movies on film. If you are a serious film transfer house you should know your current video format. I agree that the ideal film transfer would output TGA or Tiff sequences on hard disk.