[Tig] Upconvert experiences (TIG)

Terry Lockhart terry at finishedit.com
Thu Aug 7 14:37:03 BST 2008

Hi Rob:

I have a Teranex Mini, and I'm really impressed with its performance,  
within its design limitations. We use it from time to time to  
upconvert graded film from our Ursa Diamond/daV2kPlus, and it  
actually looks very nice. Soft, of course, but nice. One time we even  
had to do a quick fix intercutting Ursa with real s16 HD out of  
ARRIscan (due to an untimely lack of a 16mm Arri gate), and we got  
away with it by applying a little detail enhancement.

So if you can tolerate its 4frame delay (it does pass thru the vitc  
and embedded audio in sync) and the absence of any 23.98p(sf) modes I  
would recommend the Mini UPC-4f.  Probably well worth the extra $$  
over the 2frame process in the Mini UPC-2f, which doesn't apply the  
more sophisticated de-interlace process needed for 3:2 material.

In fact we usually find that the Mini does a better job upconverting  
SD-originated output from our Smoke than rendering the HD conversion  
directly out of Smoke, and it's a time saver too.

No experience with the FS-1, I'll be interested to hear more about  
that from others.

Hope this helps

Terry Lockhart
Chief Engineer/IT manager
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Message: 5
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 14:08:13 -0400
From: Robert Houllahan <rob at cinelab.com>
Subject: [Tig] AJA FS-1 vs. Teranex Mini
To: tig at tig.colorist.org
Message-ID: <91D0811C-FE7D-4EC5-B8EC-92A118B3230F at cinelab.com>
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> HI

I was wondering if anybody had any thoughts about the Aja FS-1 and the
Teranex Mini for SD to HD up-res? We get a fair number of calls from
people shooting Super-8 and wanting a Quasi-HD version like HDV or Dvc-
ProHD Pro-res etc. to fit into video / doc workflow but they are not
willing to go the full HD scan route....

Any experience with these products? any idea which would make a better


Robert Houllahan
rob at cinelab.com
Vp Cinelab Inc.

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