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Asia Taylor
P2 Card Footage to Standard DVD
on Jun 13, 2012 at 1:47:44 pm


I am creating a Standard DVD for a client. The HD footage was shot in 720P on a P2 Card. The Native Sequence settings are 960 x 720.

These settings makes the footage letter box on a regular DVD. My work flow was

FCP edits - Sent to compressor - DVD: Best Quality 90 minutes - DVD Studio Pro.

The result as said before was letter boxed.

I went back and tried to change the sequence settings to 720 x 480 and in final cut pro the footage was letter boxed, when I clicked the anamorphic button, the footage looked letter box and stretched.

In summary, my question is what settings do I use for P2 Card Footage (960 x 720) to be of good quality and not letter-boxed on a Standard DVD?

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Stephen Smith
Re: P2 Card Footage to Standard DVD
on Jun 14, 2012 at 5:47:13 pm

DVD is 4:3 and HD is 16x9 so it will letter box it. You can set it so if the DVD is played on a 16x9 TV it will feel the screen completely with no letter boxing and in this case pillar boxing. You can set it to Pan and Scan and that is like a center cut so the sides get cut off....I hate Pan and Scan. You have these three option in DVD studio pro. where you looking to do one of these?

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