I am currently working in Final Cut Studio 5 with a short film that I edited from 1.85:1 aspect ratio to be 2.35:1 by cropping. I am just looking for some tips on how I would go about exporting it to Standard Definition to be able to retain my aspect ratio when I go to burn a dvd. I have been having some troubles maintaining the 2.35 AR.
My second question would be what would the best codec be for dvd.
You'll want to work in an anamorphic DV timeline. Plain ol' 720x480, with wide pixels. There is NO SUCH THING as a 2:35:1 DV preset.
It will then be your choice of either masking off the individual clips to create the fake 2.35:1 aspect ratio or just making a black slug with the appropriate letterboxing on it. Personally, I like the second option.
Oh, and when it comes time to get Compressor working on, consider duplicating your completed edit timeline, deleting your render files using the render manager, and changing the codec to ProRes.
I doubt you'll want to leave everything in DV. When re-compressed, DV treats carefully-shot images the way a baby treats a diaper.
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