Hi. A thousand apologies if this has been answered a million times - please point me to a helpful thread if so. I've scoured Google and this forum for hours, but I haven't found a clear answer. This is my first post on this forum.
When I preview footage recorded on HDV tape by my HV40 using an HDMI cable to my HDTV (not a live recording), the image quality looks fantastic - and what I'd expect from an HD camcorder. When I capture that footage using Final Cut Express, a Firewire cable, and the HDV 60i Apple Intermediate Codec - there is a clear loss in image quality (mostly sharpness, but also noise and color). This is before I export the video - the quality loss is seen in Final Cut itself.
This confuses me, as I've read the Firewire is supposed to deliver exactly what is recorded on the tape. I've also read that while there is a loss in quality of recording live via HDMI vs. recording on HDV tape, once it's on tape - why is there an image quality loss between viewing an HDV tape directly onto an HDTV by HDMI vs. capturing from a HDV tape via Firewire?
Is the Apple Intermediate Codec causing the loss in image quality? What is? Is there a better method to eliminate or reduce the loss in quality?