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Nick Kern
I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:29:21 pm

Hello,

I'm working on an infomercial and we did the whole thing in FCP 7 with these settings:

APPLE PRORES 4444
1920x1080
Square pixel
no field dominance
23.98

It's very text/graphics intensive and was completely constructed for 1920x1080. I need to bring it down to:

APPLE PRORES 4444
720x480
NTSC DV (3:2)
NTSC - CCIR 601/DV(720x480)
23.98

So what are some recommendations of how I should go about doing this conversion? The most important thing I need to maintain is the text within title safe.

If you need any more details please let me know!


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Sascha Engel
Re: I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:32:39 pm

Hi Nick,

if You have AE - that will do a great job.
If not, Compressor also does it very good, just make sure you are checking the right settings.



Sascha


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Dave LaRonde
Re: I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:45:34 pm

[Nick Kern] "The most important thing I need to maintain is the text within title safe."

Well, did you KEEP the text in 4x3 title safe as you made the HD version?

If not, you have two options: 1) re-do the graphics to fit in 4x3 title safe 2) letterbox the completed HD project.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nick Kern
Re: I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:54:35 pm

Thanks for the hasty responses! And Dave, I have to say you're forum posts have solved about %80 of my editing problems so double thanks!

I'm currently redoing the graphics in the 4x3 title safe. But here's the workflow we're using

Duplicating a FCP sequence and changing the sequence settings to the above 720x480 settings, rendering and rescaling. But if I just readjust the graphics in the 16x9 to be in the 4x3 title safe, can't I just export an uncompressed 16x9 version and crop it in compressor and skip the whole sequence duplication/settings change/rescaling/re-render stuff?


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Sascha Engel
Re: I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 8:08:27 pm

First of all - yes, Dave is the Man! If they ever reach out the Golden Cow Award...he will be the top nominee.
Second: I personally would not do any of the re-scaling job in FCP.
In my opinion Final Cut really s...s in that department. Use Compressor instead.


Sascha


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Bret Williams
Re: I need to do a 4x3 downscale for broadcast from 16x9!! (1920x1080 - 720x480)
on Feb 1, 2012 at 9:09:05 pm

Yes. You don't want FCP doing the downscaling of your sequence. And you don't want compressor doing it if you were going to mpeg2. Might work ok for a progressive sequence, but for interlaced compressor just drops the ball. I'd use After Effects. Just drop the master in a 720 sequence and scale the shot to fit height wise. Render it out as pro res.

And don't forget to add pulldown. Nobody broadcasts at 24p. Unless their system is going to add pulldown on the fly. I'd have AE add the pulldown up to 29.97.


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