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Joe Violette
Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 12:39:56 am

Hello all,

I have an FCP SD 720x486 project that was edited at 29.97 fpc and could use some pointers to get the best DVD out of it.

I used Encore for my first test and I was happy with the result except for issues in which I noticed interlacing on certain movements. I also noticed that it took my file and changed it to 720x480 (rather than 720x486, and I could not seem to change it.

So here are some questions...


Should I use Encore or DVD Studio?
Should I upconvert the footage to 16:9 or de-interlace it?


Thanks in advance for any help!


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eric pautsch
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 12:56:07 am

DVD is an interlaced format which is 720x480 only (NTSC)

Did you match the field order in the encoder? You will see interlacing since that's what you are dealing with



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Joe Violette
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:01:16 am

Thanks for your reply. Yes I left it at lower field. So does that mean my best option is to leave it as is?


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eric pautsch
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:13:28 am

If your source is lower field...yes. What kind of source are you dealing with? Its interlaced....yes?



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Joe Violette
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:27:20 am

I believe so. It was shot on a panasonic p2 camera (I think-this was before me). And the sequence settings are 720x486 at 29.97 fps with the field dominance set to lower (which to my understanding is interlaced), is that correct? Thanks again.


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eric pautsch
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:40:40 am

Yeah....thats correct :)



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Joe Violette
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:42:56 am

Great, thank you!


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Joe Violette
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 1:54:03 am

Woops...One more question, while I understand 720x480 is standard for DVD and NTSC, does this mean that my video was "squished" or distorted by 6 pixels if my source file was 720x486?

I used the standard 29.97 preset which I believe is why encore didn't allow me to change it to 720x486 when I originally tried...

Or is it that encore and/or any DVD authoring program preserves the dimension ratio?


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eric pautsch
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 2:20:02 am

Thats a good question.... a good encoder will crop 3 lines from top and bottom. But some may just squish the image. Your best work flow is to crop it yourself.

DVD is 720x480 Only



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Joe Violette
Re: Making a DVD out of sn SD project
on Aug 22, 2012 at 2:17:08 pm

Hmm, I did some searching around I came across someone saying that it does just that as long as it's CS5 or older, which in my case it is.

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4504720


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