I got some stock footage that is at 25 fps PAL. But I'm working in a project that is mostly 23.976 in 1920x1080. So I need to convert the footage to those specs. I've run a couple of tests where I brought one clip into Cinema Tools and conformed it to 24 fps. And then another one, where I've brought a duplicate clip into FCP, and conformed it that way. But my question is what is the best way to change the aspect ratio to 1920x1080 since the PAL footage is at 720x576?
I've already attempted to use MPEG Streamclip, where I selected "De-interlace" and maintained Pro Res 422 (HQ) but selected 1920x1080, but I'm not sure if that's the best method.
ASPECT RATIO is not dimensions. 4:3...16:9. Those are aspect Ratios. PAL is 16:9...1920x1080 is 16:9...so you are good there. But you need to change the PIXEL DIMENSIONS. You need to upconvert SD to HD. For that you use Compressor. Change the frame size in the Inspector, and then turn on the FRAME CONTROLS, and set them all to BEST. This will take a while.
Or...use a capture card like the AJA Kona 3 to capture the source from tape and upconvert that way. It's real time, and real good!