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jonathan young
Quick question about pillarboxing
on Mar 30, 2013 at 5:25:25 pm

I have a bunch of DVD's from a client they are all SD (not blu ray)
He wants them ripped and pillarboxed, he wants the player in the 16:9 format, what is the best way to do this? he wants the master video compressed to sizes 720X480 and 640X360. Also when I rip these dvd's I have all types of options are far as formats to rip them in, should I use ProRes 1920X1080 or 1280X720? or just the regular original SD setting? I was thinking not ripping them in a HD setting because it's no use the original videos are SD all I would be doing is creating a bigger video file but with no better quality.


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Quick question about pillarboxing
on Mar 31, 2013 at 12:21:43 pm

I'm a little unclear with what you're asking.

You have SD DVDs as a source.

What are you trying to create?
Is he seriously asking for an SD DVD of 4x3 material padded to 16x9 so it plays right on his widescreen TV set?

You should just go fix his TV> There should be a setting on his DVD player (or TV) that correctly adds pillarboxing and doesn't degrade the quality.

If you do this on an SD DVD, you'll lose quality, as you'll have to reduce the picture size to properly add vertical pillarboxing, but remain at 720x480.

Or you'll be making a blu-ray.


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