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Jessica Mathies
Compressing HD to SD from Final Cut to Compressor
on Aug 20, 2010 at 9:26:19 pm

I shot some HD footage (1080i) for a client,and they want me to deliver all the videos in 720x480 format - there's no getting out of this. For the life of me, I can't compress the edited files without it looking squished. I've read the forums, and have seen the bit about not using a squared pixel aspect ratio. I've tried other pixel aspect ratios, but still no luck. Can anyone help me, please? My settings are below. Also, if there is a thread that can tell me how to compress 1920x1080i to 780x480 using only FCP and Compressor, that will work too. I couldn't find it.


Sequence settings:
Frame Size: 1920x1080
Aspect Ratio: HDTV 1080i (16x9)
Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square
Anamorphic: No
Field Dominance: Upper / odd
FPS: 29.97
Compressor: Apple ProRes 422

Export Settings in Quicktime Movie: (I export to quicktime movie so that I can export as a reference file)
Compression: H.264
Quality: Best
Frame Rate: 29.97
Key Frame Rate: 24
Frame Recording: yes
Encoding Mode: Multi-pass
Dimensions: 557x313 (current)

Under Dimensions, should I switch from "current" to "compressor native"? If so, which setting should I use, and do I check the letterbox option?

Should I export with QuickTime Conversion instead of QuickTime Movie?

Compressor Settings:
In inspector under the Geometry tab, I've tried the following aspect ratios w/ a frame size of 720x480:
Default for Size
HDV 1080i (16:9)
NTSC CCIR 601 / DV (16:9)


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