I have a 4 minute video with the following settings:
ProRes HQ NTSC
I have a client in Europe that wants quicktime files and PAL DVDs both with subtitles.
I am planning to create all the subtitles in Photoshop and import into FCP timeline Planning to shrink the image by 20 percent and slug in subtitles in the black below the image. (have too many graphics that I do not want to obscure with subtitles over live video).
Any suggestions on how to maintain the highest quality. Not planning to use the subtitle function in DVD Studio Pro. Need to maintain a quicktime movie for the web. Also should I use the 16X9 PAL preset or go with a 4:3 PAL preset?
Sunset Park Media, LLC
Santa Monica, CA
You need to convert to PAL before subtitling. You have a choice to do a software frame rate conversion in Compressor or speed up to 25 fps which will shorten the video by 4% and raise audio pitch by that amount (roughly 3/4 semitone).
I would go straight to SD PAL 4:3 letterbox and put subtitles underneath and then make the DVD. Resizing subtitles will look awful. Doing all the resizing in one move (with frame controls on in Compressor and set for BEST) will be better.