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Charles Leisenring
Authoring dvd for full screen 16:9 viewing on 42" flatscreen
on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:21:35 pm

I need some help working out a technical problem:

I am shooting on the Canon XHA1s, capturing 1440x1080i footage onto an SD MiniDV cassette.

I import into FCP and create a sequence with the same parameters.

I have exported this sequence to DSP using Compressor settings for 90 Min Best Quality SD.

In DSP I have set up my project to be SD 16:9.

The DVD burns and plays fine, however there are letterbox bars.

What I am wondering is whether or not my workflow needs to be modified or my expectation.

All I want to do is to have this footage play full-size on a 42" flatscreen. As of now, it is letterboxed.

Can anyone help me to identify a simple, standard workflow for creating a DVD that will play full screen on a flatscreen HD tv? And if so, how will this same video work for a standard 4:3 tv?

Unfortunately, Blu-Ray is not an option, but I want to work all of this out as best I can before taking on client contracts.


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Noah Kadner
Re: Authoring dvd for full screen 16:9 viewing on 42" flatscreen
on Mar 17, 2011 at 4:43:45 am

Are you sure the DVD player is set to output anamorphic footage? And that your DVD assets are 16:9 anamorphic, DVDSP tracks set to "16:9/letterbox"

-Noah

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Charles Leisenring
Re: Authoring dvd for full screen 16:9 viewing on 42" flatscreen
on Mar 17, 2011 at 2:05:17 pm

Hi Noah, Thanks for taking the time to reply.

On my first burn I did set up DSP for 16:9 BEFORE beginning my project or importing ANY assets. I did a test run with one of my sequences after doing a little studying and made sure it was anamorphic before I sent it to compressor. It yielded the same results, so I will see what I can to trouble shoot the play settings of the DVD players available.

While I have you here, was wondering if you might be able to help me with one more thing- When I build/burn and create the TS files, is there any way to re-use these in DSP for multiple discs at a time, or will I need to purchase a program such as Toast?

Thanks again for your time and guidance! As much work and time as it takes, I truly do love sussing out all of the technical aspects required to create a smooth workflow that will produce consistently great results!!!


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Daniel Ludwig
Re: Authoring dvd for full screen 16:9 viewing on 42" flatscreen
on Mar 17, 2011 at 6:53:14 pm

charles,
you can create a disc-image using DVDSP and burn it using apple disk utility, so you donĀ“t need to get toast.

the disadvantage is, you can only burn 1 disk each time. if you would like to burn multiple DVDs at the same time, you need to install 2 instances (copys) of toast on your computer, so each of them could be started and burn a disk to individual burners.

cheers

danny


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