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I'm also interested in hearing any advice people may have on this. Thanks.
Well, let's state the obvious. The quality of HD is better than SD.
However, you should get good results putting HDV into a SD project. I do. Adding transitions and effects to the HDV and exporting as DV should result in the same quality as starting with SD.
Thanks Steven. I have one other question I think relates to this thread: In theory, I would expect that I could take HD footage (in either an HD or SD project, apply a zoom or crop to that footage and, if I export to an SD format like a 640 x 380 WMV file, the zoomed/cropped portions would look indistiguishable from the non-zoomed. i.e. HD zoomed to the equivalent resolution of SD would appear the same when outputted to an SD file. I have found, though, that the HD footage looks as bad as if I had taken SD footage and zoomed in... it's coarse and lacks detail. When I export to HD, the zoomed portions, although softer, look acceptable. I'm now going to try outputting that HD output from the project to the small 640x380 WMV file and see if it maintains the quality I would expect to see. I have a hunch it will. I'm surprised it doesn't behave the way I theorize it should. Any thoughts? Thanks.
There is a big difference between zooming in on HDV, and selecting a portion of the HDV frame.
That is why I re-edit in a smaller project frame size and then export at that size.
For example, if I want to export at 640X360, I create a project at that size. Then I can scale down the HDV to an appropriate size to show the portion of the frame I want the viewer to see. No zooming in. Jost less zooming out.
Just a note of thanks for your advice. i'll try that approach and see what happens. Ken