There are some stunning videos done in post production with the same equipment.
Was curious on a simpler linear (step 1,2,3,4) process from importing video, converting it, using proxies, adding effects/corrections, exporting for both DVD & Vimeo/YouTube.
Thanks in advance (yes i used google but have yet to find a clear coherent and simple linear workflow process)
Try not to rely on post too much, you want to get the image as close as you can to what you want while you're shooting. Lighting is everything and regardless of how much post you put in bad lighting can ruin any camera's image.
I'll give you your process, and this is coming from someone that has edited almost 300 music vids in the last year alone.
Here's what to do:
1. Go under your preferences and uncheck "create optimized media" and "copy media to final cut events folder," all that does is waste a lot of space, work with your files from their existing locations.
2.. Import files STRAIGHT from CF/SD card, no compressor, FCPX supports H.264 natively and I've done tons and tons of tests, the advantages to transcoding all that stuff to prores are absolutely minimal and in terms of image quality virtually nonexistent.
3. Organize your footage
4. Edit away
5. Final cut will default to Prores422 after you drop the footage in, and after you're done editing just hit CMD+E and export with current settings.
6. Compressor > Modify the 1080p Video Sharing preset and under the settings change "restrict the data rate" to 6000kbps, Keyframes: Automatic, and "optimized for streaming."
7. Upload to Vimeo, easy as that. The no transcoding initially makes things a lot easier.
Also, for step 6 you may want to go 720p, I only go 1080p because I have 500 videos and use Vimeo as storage for H.264 versions of them.