I have been asked to help with a friend's reel. Its mostly trailers, and shortened segments from longer pieces separated by title cards. It is a combination of Standard Def and High Def material in a multitude of sizes and codecs, with both 29.97 and 23.98 frame rates. The output is mainly supposed to be DVD and perhaps a quicktime she can pass on (H.264).
My first thought was to convert everything to the same codec, which is ProRes HQ. Should I uprez the SD stuff to HD? Only to go back to regular DVD? Or should I downconvert the HD to SD? Also, a lot of her SD material is Letterbox, which I believe she'd like to get rid of. Any suggestions on how to crop it out with compressor? I don't have After Effects at my disposal, only Compressor.
Hope this makes sense, any advice would be greatly appreciated.