Hi-Def Production Workflow…Without a Supercomputer

I had an interesting email exchange with J. Roche regarding non-linear editing using Sony Vegas and wrote down what I do when editing a film. My goal is to output DVD or HD-DVD resolution projects while also being able to edit that project using very small file sizes.


The result is:

  • improved performance of the computer and editing software
  • clear views and smoother playback of the film
  • ability to see each frame clearly in sync with the audio track(s)

In Sony Vegas I am using the following settings to make NTSC, HD, and HD Image Sequence backups:

  • .avi – NTSC DV Widescreen 24p (2-3-3-2 pulldown) and Audio is PCM Uncompressed
  • .avi – CineForm HD Codec V2.1, HDV 720 (1280×720) with a frame rate of 24fps and Audio is PCM Uncompressed
  • .avi – UPDATE NOTE: I have since switched to making a 720P uncompressed 24P file and using that to make a compressed 720P and associated proxy file. Once I get ready to render I swap proxy file back to the uncompressed to keep the number of times the footage is compressed before it goes to DVD to a minimum.
  • .jpg – I also export an image sequence of the entire film at 1280×720 so I can import those image frames into any editor down the road at HD resolutions

4 responses to “Hi-Def Production Workflow…Without a Supercomputer”

  1. Fantastic method, Grant. I don’t know of a comparable Mac method except for the old Video Toaster?

  2. I’m not familiar with Final Cut Pro or iMovie…I wonder if they have a replacement feature for clips? If they do then I would guess the concepts would still apply.

  3. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Makes me consider going back to my hi-res camera.

    On a similar topic, what codec and settings do use use for the various HD and low-res outputs?

  4. hi karl. i added my codec settings to the end of the posting.