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8 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

I just discovered a hack, that I've been able to repeat a number of times to test and it's saved me hours of work, so thought I'd share for anyone else who's faced/will face this problem.

The problem:

Wrong timeline settings, but you don't notice before you go to export.

I'm new to the software, I loaded my media, made a timeline and edited my video. Great, it's mostly a test to learn how to use it, and I'm done. I go to export and find I can only select 24p or 30p, my media is all 25p, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. I'm trawling through settings and find a greyed out box in the Master Settings that says 24 frames per second (changed to 25 in the screenshot). It turns out, you can't change this once you've loaded media into your project... (why?) 

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The solution:

I backed up my project, deleted ALL the media, timelines etc. to make it brand new. I then opened the Master Settings to make a template to avoid this from happening again. After saving and closing the settings box, for some reason, I assume either habit or fate, I pressed cmd+z. The spinning beach ball arrived and my frustration grew, but suddenly all my media and timelines came back, undoing the delete. Out of curiosity I opened the Master Settings again and low and behold, my project was all set to 25p and I can export my edit at the correct frame rate, without having to reedit the whole piece.

TLDR; 

Wrong project FPS when starting the project

Delete all media and timelines - ideally highlight everything and press delete just once

Change project FPS in Master Settings

Undo media and timeline deletion

Export at correct frame rate.

 

Holy crap - THANK YOU for sharing this!

I've also had that problem and wasn't sure why the frame rate was locked as soon as you pull media into a project.  I normally noticed early on in a project when I was still pulling in assets, and had to start again and re-do the media gathering, but this will absolutely save that time and effort (and annoyance!).

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I've recently started trying to sharpen things up a touch, but also denoise some frames, and I'm wondering how people do this. My Nodes look like this:

Braw Adjustments - Colour - Sharpen - NR 

Is that the logical order?

also, for sharpening, I've only knocked the Radius down to 0.38, but it seems waaay too sharp. How do you guys sharpen stuff?1360321639_ScreenShot2019-03-22at07_04_09.thumb.png.a0be908b00b308e4d732461a6b39ae77.png

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1 hour ago, Anaconda_ said:

Braw Adjustments - Colour - Sharpen - NR 

You typically want to put any finishing/sharpening a the very end after of your processing.  Typically just before running it out.  How strong you make the sharpening and the radius you use will just depend on the final look you are going for and how soft your original footage is.  Depending on the sharpening filter you are using there is typically a strength and a radius value. 

As part of your finishing process, you may also want to add grain into the image.  Opinions on whether you add the grain before or after the sharpening can vary, but I find that if I'm dealing with  an image that needs a lot of sharpening, I'll add the grain last so I'm not heavily sharpening my grain.  Conversely if I'm doing a composite and matching grain between elements, the grain will come earlier in the pipeline.  But in that case, any sharpening I'm adding back in is very minimal to just restore any detail loss due to encoding.

If you want to dial in some specific values for minimal sharpening to make up for re-encoding your original source to  whatever your final format is, you can run a "wedge" and try a variety of values then compare the detail you see with various sharpness settings of your output video against your raw source and pick one that matches most closely.  Depending on what your source material is and what your delivery format is, this can vary wildly.  In cases where I'm working from a high res (6k-4k) source and delivering at 2k, I may not even use sharpening.

Finally, opinions also vary about where to put any degraining, but I prefer to put it near or at the very beginning of my color pipeline.  If your degrainer is expecting something in rec 709 though, do your color transform into video space and then run your degrainer.  A little testing with your camera's source footage will go a long way here as well.  But,  I find that especially when I'm working with 8 bit source material, it can add some pseudo bit depth to the images before I begin pulling on the color. 

So, I'd typically do:

  1. .Raw adjustments to set color balance and exposure. (if working with raw footage)
  2. Degrain/NR
  3. Color
  4. sharpen/grain

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