1/ The Avid codec can only exist in a .mov Quicktime wrapper. A big deal on a lower powered computer like my Core2Duo but pretty much a non-issue on any quad core.
2/ Neo has that handy converter utility that will not only batch convert all your source clips, but do it with cRGB to sRGB if you need it (Canon DSLRs do). The HD Link utility will also to handy things like 30p to 29.97 slowdown on conversion.
3/ Cineform will smart-render. Both these codecs look good enough on rerenders that this may not be much of an issue quality wise, but boy does it save rendering time!
4/ If you move up to Neo HD, you can use First Light for color correction. This is pretty amazing since it is so comprehensive and is so incredibly light CPU-wise. It also makes moving color correction between programs (like After Effects to Vegas) quite painless.
I have both codecs installed and both are excellent. I do use Cineform more, but I'm on a Core2Duo laptop and the lower power makes the avi wrapper necessary.
I dont know about Cineform, but I noticed there is no 1080p in 29.97 frame rate with DNxHD. Damn.
How do the bit rates compare? 220 Mbps is the highest DNxHD bitrate.
I imagine that the two codecs are about equal in multiple re-render quality?
I'm just shocked that DNxHD is FREE! Very hard to believe.
ps...another strange thing is that the codec configuration box is "garbled" and tough to make out in Vegas. (the OK button is shoved under the codec options texts) It looks the same in two machines I tested. (it's still usable though)
1. Sure there is 1080/30p. The things on the list for you to select are SUGGESTIONS. Use 1080/24p. It will work just fine, and won't change your video to 24p.
2. Bit rates are not comparable because CIneform and DNxHD use different encoding techniques. Don't bother trying.
3. Yes, I'd say they both hold up nicely out to 5-7 re-renders. I've tested them out to 10.
4. DNxHD is free because it is an ISO standard. Avid wasn't trying to make money off their codec. They were trying to establish a standard for editors on multiple platforms using multiple editors. And keep colors consistent between them all. Works great.
The box is garbled and has been for a long time. Hey, what do you want for free. If you buy Avid, the box is perfect! :)
I'll add my voice to the others saying "way to go Avid".
What Avid has done is to make this codec a SMPTE standard. By doing so it is "open". That doesn't entirely mean it's free. What it means is Avid agrees to license the IP to anyone and at the same price.
I don't know that Metafuze reads any MXFs. But it's been quite some time since I used it. It was designed to accommodate film and RED workflows and create Avid MXF files from various sources like DPX files, or R3Ds.
You may need to restart the computer. I never had to though...
Render should be to Quicktime 7 .MOV, do custom, and select your codec. If the custom button is grayed out, you might need to select a template, or enter a filename or something else. But that's how you do it.
I was thinking that the issue might be that I don't have QT installed yet....duh. Is there a way to get just the authoring codecs without the player? From what I've read here, I think the latest version will work with 9e Correct?
Before starting a game "Cineform vs DNx", did you notice that there is a problem with V10a and CineForm?
When I compare side by side an original file and its CineForm version in V10, it seems I have a sRGB and a cRVB ....
So, in my projects (I often mix several codec) CineForm has become almost unusable.
Hello ? Sony ? Waiting for a V10b, urgently!