Am looking for opinions on video-capture options for my studio work. Lots of good information in these threads:
Starting a new thread since my questions are different.
I work exclusively with QT/2D video/effects in Jitter. My Jitter output is 320x240, which is interpolated up to whatever monitor resolution I'm using. My end result needs to be an editable format since I do "post-production" on the captured video in FinalCut Pro. I've always been happy with DV as my capture format.
My Jitter-capture workflow used to be simple. Not highest-quality results, but I never saw deal-killing problems:
Jitter Laptop (Windows XP) --> S-Video output via laptop graphics-card --> DV conversion via Canopus ADVC-100 --> Capture via iMovie in another Mac
I moved over to a 15" MacBook Pro in April (the penultimate generation). No S-Video. VGA scan-conversion has too many conversion anomalies (tearing, banding)
It seems the best way to maintain my original workflow is:
Jitter Laptop (MacBook Pro) --> HDMI 720p output via laptop mini DisplayPort adaptor --> Captured by a Matrox MXO2 Mini or BlackMagic Intensity Shuttle on another computer --> Converted down to DV by the Matrox or BlackMagic during capture
Finally, the questions:
1. Any opinions on the MXO2 Mini vs. Intensity Shuttle? Key issue for me is quality of the capture and conversion down to DV. But also interested in any thought about the devices.
2. Am I doing the down-conversion too soon? Should I capture the 720p as-is, edit in FinalCut Pro, then have FCP handle the down conversion? Will FCP produce better conversion results? I have next to no experience editing HD video, so I'm not sure what problems that creates vs. SD editing.
Thanks for reading my long post, and thanks for any responses.