Remastering Old Videos to HD

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020

In response to COVID-19, this workshop will take place over video conferencing (i.e., not in-person at VIVO). To join the online meeting, participants will be sent an invitation the morning of the first session.

Use the latest tools in FCPX to make your older video works look their best, with artist and digitization expert Clark Henderson.

Sign up:

4 hours total over 1 session, online // $45, or $33 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

Sat May 16, 11am - 3pm

One Extended Subsidy available. See registration page for application.

Prerequisites & requirements:

  • Familiarity with the Mac OS, and basics of Non-Linear Editors.
  • Participants must have their own footage to work with, and it is recommended that it be Interlaced, and Standard Definition. Please email if you would like clarification about this.
  • Participants must have Final Cut Pro X (any version). Note: Final Cut 7 will not work because it doesn't the features required for this workshop. A free trial version of FCPX can be installed, available here:
  • To join the workshop, participants will use the free Zoom Desktop Client, available for free here (click on the Download button under "Zoom Client for Meetings"):

Recently digitzed your older video works and are underwhelmed with how they look and sound? This online workshop is for you. Video artist Clark Henderson is VIVO's dubbing technician, and he'll show you how to use Final Cut Pro X's latest features to optimize your older videos for reissue or screening. Following Clark's demonstrations, you'll learn to remaster your own footage. For example, you'll correct video clips that are too bright or too dark, present unwanted colour shifts, or have glitches or annoying interlace flicker. Make your standard definition videos look better than was possible back when you first finished them.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying the original section of footage used and aligning it with previous edit.
  • Basic interlace theory and the various types of deinterlacing. Applying smart deinterlacing.
  • Basic colour correction.
  • Centring and cropping.
  • Basic sound fixes.
  • Discussion of other issues, such as closed captioning, subtitled versions, etc.
About the 

Clark is a founding member of PAVED artist run centre in Saskatoon and comes to VIVO with many years of experience in both commercial and independent productions. At VIVO he’ll be capturing old tapes for the archives, sending out works to festivals and all sorts of other things. He likes cats and the colour turquoise.

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