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Andrew Wilson
What's the best choice for my situation? HD vs SD --DVD vs Blu-Ray
on Oct 4, 2011 at 11:45:30 pm

I'm doing some work with an independent filmmaker who just completed a feature length documentary and he's starting to show it in theaters and festivals. Due to extensive use of Standard Def archive TV footage - the film was posted in 4:3 standard def.

Now, theaters that want to show the film say they'll support playback from either DVD or Blu-Ray.

Given compression and bitrate and stuff like that, what's the best option?

1. Give them a good old-fashioned DVD

2. Take the SD movie and blow it up (in Final Cut) to a 1280x720 Sequence and create a Blu-Ray from there, leaving black bars on the left and right to preserve the 4:3

3. (this is something he mentioned and I thought I would ask) Take the SD film, drop it into a 1280x720 sequence but don't blow it up. Effectively giving you the screen size of the SD DVD but with the added bit-rate of Blu-Ray. The blu-ray would have black all around the image but let the projectionist deal with that.


I have all the toys at my disposal. FinalCut 7, Compressor, Toast, Production Premium 5.5 and a blu-ray burner.

Thanks so much!

Andrew Wilson
WestView Digital Video & Design
http://www.westviewdigital.com

Andrew Wilson
WestView Digital Video & Design
http://www.westviewdigital.com


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eric pautsch
Re: What's the best choice for my situation? HD vs SD --DVD vs Blu-Ray
on Oct 5, 2011 at 1:45:06 am

Theres a thread a couple down which deals with the same issue. Your stuff is SD...there's nothing to change that. Blowing it up and it will still be SD - just on a bigger canvas.

A GOOD encode at DVD bitrates vs. up rezzed SD at BD bitrates will look the same. Dont know how to correctly up-rez SD footage? Thing will look worse.



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Andrew Wilson
Re: What's the best choice for my situation? HD vs SD --DVD vs Blu-Ray
on Oct 5, 2011 at 4:06:45 am

Thanks for pointing out that thread - I didn't pick up on it. It's about the same predicament we're in.

What's the best way to uprez if and when we go that direction?

Thanks!

Andrew Wilson
WestView Digital Video & Design
http://www.westviewdigital.com


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Daniel Ludwig
Re: What's the best choice for my situation? HD vs SD --DVD vs Blu-Ray
on Oct 6, 2011 at 6:52:49 pm

Andrew,
there are a few technical things you might think about in your discussion aobut SD and HD:

- upscaling SD to HD will take some time, if you would like to do it with good scaling-tools
- encoding HD-material will take much! longer than SD-material

but there are a few advantages as well:

- you can create a popup-menu on upscaled material on your BD
- you´ve got better control of the upscaling-quality, the upscaler in tv-monitors are not very good

so I would advice to upscale anyway.

cheers

danny


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