I am hoping this is really straight forward and easily sorted but....
I am editing a marketing showreel for a client, which includes lots of photographs, video footage and one rogue bit of footage from a screen capturing software, capturing an animation from a website.
All of the clips I have imported to use are HDV 1280 x 720, except one, which is 1440 x 1080.
The sequence I am working on is set to 1440 x 1080. Pixel aspect ratio HD 1440 x 1080.
The output file needs to be1280 x 720, which I am running through Compressor.
The finished file looks great apart from the footage of the website. It doesn't look as sharp as everything else, which personally I think stands to reason with images from a website, but the client is insistent.
Is there anything I can do to make this footage clearer? Will changing my sequence setting to 1280 x 720 make a difference? The only thing is eveytime I do that, of course the edited clips distort and I haven't been able to work out how to fix that. Even when I start a brand new sequence and set it to 1280 720, the screen looks really thin.
Thanks for your response. I was editing in 1440 as there was one clip that was that size. So, though I realise it was silly now, I set the sequence to the larger one.
However, I have now changed to a 720 timeline, but I am still having problems. I have removed the larger clip and now all of my clips and images are 1280 x 720.
If I export directly from FCP using current setting, the web capture footage looks great but some of the photos look pixelated on certain edges (a woman's hat).
If I take the file into compressor and compress using h.264 set at 1280 x 720, pixel size square, everything else looks ok but the web capture footage is back to how it was. Also when I play it in quicktime player, the framsize is still 720x1280 butit says Current Size: 1248 x 702 pixels (Actual size).
Is there a better compression or codec I should be using?