I just recently imported some Steadicam footage shot with my Panasonic AG-HMC150, which films in a 1440x1080 aspect ratio. We also used a second, similar camera (A Panasonic, I believe 100B) that shoots in 720x480 and I'd like to downsize my footage to this ratio. What's the best way to go about doing this? I have Moyea Video Converter (this is how I import my MTS files) as well as Squeeze (if that helps).
If you can do it in Avid, it would probably be easier & faster; I'm an FCP guy, and there's an easy way to do it with Final Cut Suite.
If you HAVE to do it in AE, make an NTSC DV-resolution comp -- 4x3 or widescreen -- using the AE comp presets. Add the footage to the comp, scale it to fit the comp, and render in the codec that's Premiere-friendly for that other guy.
And as always, convert any HDV footage to a codec that is NOT long-gop / interframe-compressed before you import it into AE.
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Do you know of a way to do it in Avid? I know you said you are a FCP guy, which I've also used, and it's fairly similar editing-wise (I just grew up on Avid so that's what I prefer). How do you do it in FCP? It's probably a semi-similar process in Avid.