June 28, 2016 at 5:15PM
is a 10 bit color editing pipeline needed to edit 10 bit footage
I am building a new editing computer and trying to decide if the cost is worth the benefit in upgrading to a 10 bit color pipeline workflow. What benefit will I receive if I spend $800 on a Quadro M4000 versus $650 on a MUCH faster GTX 1070?
Right now I have been editing 10 bit color with a 8 bit pipeline (GTX780 and 8bit monitor) It seems like I still get the 10 bit benefit of pulling color out of blown out highlights etc and my card seems to be handling the footage just fine. So my other questions are:
2: Am I not actually working in 10 bit color and the footage is just being auto converted to 8 bit or am I still working with 10 bit color, the only difference is what I see on my monitor display is only 8 bit to my eyes but the footage remains 10 bit and I can make adjustments using the scopes which read it in 10 bit.
3: Is the benefit of 10 bit pipeline that you can see the image in your monitor and make accurate adjustments without necessarily having to rely on your scopes. (I am an old man from the Beta Cam era so I have it ingrained to never trust your monitor and always only use your scopes.)
3: Is the graphics card needed to export and master to 10 bit color video files? All my clients end products are 8 bit at this point so it doesn't matter as much but future ones might want video files delivered in 10 bit.
4: I am looking to upgrade to a Black Magic 4.6K or Red camera and will be shooting in 444 12 bit color. Is the Quadro going to be faster and or required to edit that footage?
5: If I get a 10 bit 4k monitor and run it off a GTX1080 graphics card which is 8 bit what will happen? Is the 10 bit just wasted and what I will be seeing on my monitor 8 bit?
Also any component advice for building a new editing system is appreciated. The GTX 1070 and 1080 are so crazy fast and people posting benchmarks show they blow even the quadro 6000 out of the water and that bad boy sells for 5 grand.