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Bill Brownstein
Exporting 640x480 Video for DVD
on Jan 24, 2011 at 6:05:12 pm

I have a video that was shot in 640x480 VGA 60fps mode on my Canon 7D. It was transcoded to Apple ProRes, then exported out of FCP as an H.264. The file plays just like it should.

Now, when I try to burn that onto a DVD I get a couple problems. Firstly, the image appears a little stretched horizontally. And secondly, that 60fps really "video" looking image seems to now appear to look a little more like some kind of 24/30 fps hybrid; a little more video-ey than 24 but definitely not the way it looks in FCP or the original H.264 file.

So my question is, how can I burn this onto a DVD while retaining the frame size as well as the 60fps, "video" look?

Also, is it at all possible to burn this onto a playable DVD while also putting a 16x9 24P video file on the same disc and having them both play as they should?


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Rafael Amador
Re: Exporting 640x480 Video for DVD
on Jan 24, 2011 at 6:41:11 pm

Hi Bill,
The only standard for NTSC DVDs is 720x480 DV pixels (4x3 or 16x9) and the time base: 29,97 or 23,98.

First of all: Work with your Prores movie to get the MPEG-2 (don't try to convert the H264).
- If your clip is p30, you need to conform it to 29/97 (CinemaTools).
Then In Compressor apply the "Best Quality 90 minutes "preset. In the Inspector set:
- 29,97
- 4x3
- Progressive.
Set the "Control Frame: ON"
- Resize Filter: BEST
-Output Fields: Same as source.

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