Sorry if this is more of a Compressor/DVD Studio Pro question but I need help so here goes. I have been using Compressor to export very good quality mpeg2 clips of my DVCProd HD 720P sequences shot with my HVX 200. I edit with FCP 6.0.2 and use DVD Studio Pro to make SD DVDs. I recently made an mpeg2 from a sequence I shot in DVCPro HD 1080i 30P and it looks terrible, soft and lots of artifacting. I thought the mpeg would look great from a higher quality 1080 source format. What am I doing wrong?? Argh! Many thanks for any advice.
Well the camera is 720 native chips so there's no real advantage to switching up to 1080 if you're just going out to SD in the end. Also DVD is suited more to 60i and 24p with 30p about the least well-suited to good MPEG-2 encoding. But in the end, ultimately that's a Compressor question. What are your settings?
When you need a progresive output - never record in an interlaced format. Can't figure out if thats what you had been doing (1080i 30p ?) . I have tried a lot to make my HDV 1080i recordings look right in a 720 25P progresive projekt but I never found a goodlooking way to convert. It seems better to record in progressive and then convert to interlaced later - if needed.