I need to make a 16x9 dvd that fillls the screen on the 16x9 monitor and Letterboxes on a 4x3 screen. Do i make a 720x480 squeezed movie and then import into encore and then right click and choose interpet footage and choose SD NTSC widescreen 1.2.1. Or is there a better way? Thanks for any tips
just leave it at ... 960 x 540 and let encore just enode it normally
I have no idea; never worked with 960x540. And I don't know what Encore will "assume" about it.
I think I would export it as MPEG2-DVD 16:9 and bring that into Encore.
Thanks Stan. If i do an mpeg 2 then i will get a separate video and audio file. I am a little concerned that the audio will be out of sync. If I have a traditional 1920x1080 movie at 25fps and I wanted to make a sd dvd (720 x 480) what would be the recommended pixel size for encore so i can to keep a 16 x 9 frame then.
What you are trying to do is not a trivial conversion. There are at least 3 iterations involved:
If the conversions aren't done correctly and carefully, you'll ruin the quality of the video. You can't do it with just Premiere Pro and Encore. You'll need additional tools, including a lossless intermediate codec. You'll also have to consider whether or not the source footage is interlaced and whether or not you want interlaced output. Finally, if you want the PAL footage to be converted to NTSC film @ 23.976 fps, then there will be an additional step required to telecine the converted NTSC footage to 29.97 fps for DVD.
Regardless, you have a lot of work ahead of you.
If you are still interested, I can point you in the direction of the free, open-source tools that you'll need, and provide you with a script for AviSynth that will convert your HD PAL 25 fps video to NTSC SD 23.976 fps, ready for transcoding to MPEG2 DVD.
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