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Tobias Van Kleeck
Transcode quality
on Oct 18, 2013 at 4:03:25 pm

Hello all, thanks for any help in advance! I am a novice at Encore and authoring in general so, bear with me, please.

I realize that DVD quality is only 720x480 but, that said, the quality drop off from 1080 to 720 is so staggering (see image) that I feel like I must be doing something wrong... The transcode settings are pretty much the standard with the only difference being that I use the "Scale to fill" option.

Hopefully this makes sense - any help is incredibly appreciated!


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Daniel Ludwig
Re: Transcode quality
on Oct 19, 2013 at 10:41:55 am

SD NTSC is the worst TV standart ever made, so there is nothing to talk about.

thank god, I´m living in PAL-land ;)

one thing that might be possible is - if you have used 1440x1080 (nativ resolution), which is anamorphic HD1080, what will be interpreted as 1920x1080, than it´s possible that your downscaling will result like this.

what´s your original source? HDV or AVCHD? HDV definitly is 1440x1080 and AVCHD could be 1440x1080 depending on your recoding-setting within your cam.


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David Rehm
Re: Transcode quality
on Oct 29, 2013 at 3:30:40 pm

The popular editors (Premiere, FCP, etc...) cannot produce pro quality images when downscaling to SD.

Read this article - it not only explains why but also provides the answer on how to achieve the results you're looking for - and it's free.

Here's a follow up article

Also - here is Jeff Bellune's tut/info on this same process

The process will look like a hassle and probably overwhelming but it will save you much time in the long-run and you'll have better results.

Hope this help,

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