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Nick 2746
HD H2.64 to SD conversion
on Mar 14, 2011 at 10:43:56 am

I have not been able to convert HD to SD satisfactorily to edit in FCP. I use MPG Streamclip with the following settings:

Compression: Apple DV PAL
Quality: 100%
Frame Size : 720x576 (DV PAL)
Interlaced scaling: On

The problem is slight strobing when the subject moves in the frame, which is very disconcerting. If I turn the Interlaced scaling off then I can't view the movie on an SD monitor.

I would greatly appreciate help as it is driving me mad.

I have not problems when I am working in HD and the results are great.


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Jason Jenkins
Re: HD H2.64 to SD conversion
on Mar 14, 2011 at 8:04:37 pm

Why don't you edit in HD, then downconvert for delivery if necessary.

Jason Jenkins
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Nick 2746
Re: HD H2.64 to SD conversion
on Mar 14, 2011 at 8:32:33 pm

Yes, I have done it that way in the past but then Compressor takes a long time to prepare the files for DVD SP, especially for a 45 min programme.

Where as if I convert it to DV PAL frmat first then a 45 min long programme takes only 15-20 min to prepare files for the DVD SP. So, that seemd sensible.



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Peter Burger
Re: HD H2.64 to SD conversion
on Mar 15, 2011 at 9:16:24 am

[Nick 2746] "If I turn the Interlaced scaling off then I can't view the movie on an SD monitor."

I'm not sure, if I understand correctly. If you turn interlaced scaling to off, results in a file that can't be played? Or is the quality not good?

You could try to resize and convert to a different codec, like Photo-Jpeg at 90% (or higher), which produces quite good results.


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