Hi there, my boyfriend is currently still at work having issues exporting a HD and SD mix project from premier at good enough quality - he also then needs to burn it to DVD.
These are the details of the project, if anyone has a solution to this a reply asap would be very much appreciated!!
He's working in Premiere Pro CS3 (Windows XP 32-bit version) in an XDCAM 1440x1080 project using 1080p footage at 25fps and 1.33 pixel aspect ratio. In that project he's got SD footage shot at 720x560 at 25fps interlaced at 1.422 pixel aspect ratio.
The SD footage is converting OK-ish which is suprising, but because of mpeg2 compression from Encore (also a CS3 program) it ruins the on-screen text and titles, which are made in HD anyway so can’t work it out.
Exporting to mpeg2 isn’t giving great results
Making an avi as they normally do is giving poor results
Quicktime (raw) are very large (5 GB a minute!) and only has to be compressed anyway, the pixel aspect ratios etc are also causing problems…
The best workflow for SD DVD-Video output would be to down-sample the HD footage first and use that in an SD Project. Everything would setup as SD.
Dan Isaacs has a down-sampling workflow that he's very happy with. I'll see if I can find the link to it.
CS4 does allow one to mix Assets better than does CS3, but that would mean a total upgrade, and is not likely to be the best route here.