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If you're delivering the final on DVD, I'd shoot in DV mode and make things easy.
No problem here mixing SD and HD footage in a DV timeline. The beauty of using HD in this way is that you have so many more options available to you in post as far as re-framing, zooms, moves, etc. within the HD frame, all without loosing resolution. This adds a whole new dimension of creative possibilities after the fact. Not easier, but well worth the result. I've not tried using 4:3 SD footage within a 16:9 SD program, so be sure to test the workflow before committing. I do know HD within a 4:3 DV preset works like magic.
> I do know HD within a 4:3 DV preset works like magic.
Well, I'll have to strongly disagree with that. 24p or 30p works well enough, but 1080i footage in an SD project looks pretty bad.
I have my own methods for handling HD<->SD conversions (as well as 16x9<->4x3) outside of Premiere.
Don't be afraid to shoot HD for an SD project, just be aware of the limitations of your camera and the HDV codec, and you can always have your camera downconvert to SD when capturing if you want an all SD workflow. Experiment. See what looks good to you.
I should have mentioned that I was referring to 1080/30p HD (EX1). The problems associated with interlace didn't occur to me because I never use it. As I said, always verify your workflow before proceeding.
Thanks for the replies, they have been helpful already.
I certainly plan to check out my workflow before proceeding with the shoot. But after talking a friend of mine i think i may have found what to do.
I should have mentioned earlier that i would really like to use the 24p setting to get the "film-like" look on the footage i plan to shoot.
so as of now, my plan is this:
Project will be SD, widescreen, 29.97
older b r-oll footage will be SD 4x3, 29.97
newer footage will be HD, widescreen, 24p
final output of the video will be for web viewing and DVD
do any of you see any glaring problems thus far?
thanks again in advance
I'd like to suggest shooting the new stuff in SD also at 29.97, and then converting all the footage using the dv2Film process. You won't need HD for DVD delivery, and it'll be easier editing the whole project if all the footage matches.