I have a 1080-60i project in Vegas 9.0 that I need to export for color correction in FCP (by a friend). What's the best way to give him the timeline so he can color correct in FCP? Also, how do I import it back into Vegas?
I've said this a BUNCH of times, but I'll say it again here.
For round-tripping FCP and Vegas I've not yet found a better solution than Avid's DNxHD. It's a free download on both platforms and avoids the gamma shift inherent in dealing with ProRes.
That said, if you friend is going to do COLOR only, and is going to work in Color (and not FCP) I might be inclined to work with DPX instead of making DNxHD files. You'll have lossless transfer in both directions.
The FCP guys seem to still be dealing with this when they export from FCP and try to work with their ProRes files in other apps. And whenever I get ProRes files from Snow Leopard users, I get gamma shift issues no matter HOW it's exported.
When SL was released, I remember reading numerous accounts of how everyone hoped that the gamma shift issue would finally be put to bed, but wasn't. So I am not sure what files you're dealing with, but my experience certainly doesn't bear out what you've said here.
And I am going to be facing the same scenario this fall where I will be doing final color again on a project editing in FCP on a SL based Mac. The DNxHD workflow worked so well for us last time, it's all that was even considered for this project at the request of the editor.
Change your color space to RGB. Click the little pulldown window at the bottom, select 1080i/59.94 DNxHD 220x. And when you say OK to this window, change the slider from the current 50% quality to 100%. Then render out. The file will be slightly less than 2 minutes per gig.
Avid 1:1 is an uncompressed codec designed for SD video. DNxHD is an HD codec and the only one Avid uses.