I recorded a 2 camera shoot in 1080p and need to crop past some heads in the shot. I made a 1080p source sequence, then brought that sequence to a dv 720x480 sequence for multicam editing for final output to dvd. I scaled the footage to 47% to fit the new 720x480 timeline. The footage looks fine at 47%, but when I scale to 90% and adjust the x,y postion as well the footage loses quite a bit of sharpness and looks processed. Since I am not scaling past 100% I am confusesd why I am seeing a loss of sharpness.
That is how nested sequences work. When you nest a sequence, you force Premiere to render the nested sequence and use the result of the render as the new source file in the parent sequence. It's designed that way because, like After Effects, sometimes you need to be able to force a particular render order for certain combinations of effects. You get the same results if you pre-compose a composition in AE.
So should all the scaling be done in the 1080p master sequence?
If I nest the 1080 footage into the 720x480 sequence and scale it to fit the screen am I degrading it at that point? Could I scale it in the 1080 sequence first and then nest it?
If I would have dropped the 1080p source footage into a 720x480 sequence first and then nested that sequence into another sequence for multicam editing would that have worked?
Is there a way to fix my project without starting over? My 1080p sequence is nested in the 720x480 with multiple video/audio edits and multicam edits?
Don't I need to nest to multicam edit?
Ah, that does complicate things. I'm not sure how to proceed. The best I have is to fall back on my personal view on this subhect. You do your framing when shooting, not in post.
I had it framed during shooting and an halfway through the ceremony an usher moved in and stood in front of my camera. It took me a couple minutes to decide to change to a closer shot zooming past her head, but those couple minutes now need to be fixed in post. I will probably start from scratch with proper sequence settings.
Thanks for all your help, the nested sequence is what caused all my issues, but I have a better understanding now. I do have another question though -If I make a source 720p sequence and nest it into a 720p multimcam sequence do I need to do all my scaling in the source sequence?