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Daniel Jackson
HD footage resized in an SD sequence - looks terrible.
on Feb 6, 2012 at 4:55:42 pm

Hey Everyone,

I have some DVCPRO HD 1080i60 footage that I'm trying to incorporate into a DV NTSC sequence (ultimately it's going to end up on a DVD, but we also need to export uncompressed 8-bit files to show people before that happens.)

The project is incorporating footage from a bunch of different eras in a bunch of different formats (primarily DV) but the only footage I'm having problems with is the HD footage.

The HD footage is sitting in the DV project smaller than the frame (basically, inlaid into the background image), and it's looking extremely pixelated with jagged edges. (I'm including a screenshot so you can see what I'm talking about, the HD footage is centered horizontally, a little above the vertical center. It's a hand and some audio equipment).

I've tried everything I can think of to solve the problem, mostly around de-interlacing. I'd really appreciate any advice you guys can give. I'm a little bit out of my depth on this.


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Michael Gissing
Re: HD footage resized in an SD sequence - looks terrible.
on Feb 6, 2012 at 8:39:07 pm

DV codec is awful. I understand using it with the bulk of your footage being in that format. Getting the scaling right so the HD correctly fills the frame is done by adjusting zoom and distortion in the motion tab. Once you have one shot set then copy>paste attributes to other shots with that codec.

Once you have finished the cut, copy the whole sequence to an uncompressed timeline before making the DVD.

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