If your delivery is on DVD, downrez the XDCAM footage first to SD dimensions, then add your 4x3 SD footage. It is always a bad idea to uprez SD, especially if you are going to downrez later. You have to accept black borders for the 4x3 footage however.
thanks for the reply, harm. so i will use the black borders on the 4:3 clips to make them "fit" 16:9?
Correct. The alternative would be to import the 16x9 footage into a 4x3 sequence, but my guess is that you have more 16x9 material then 4x3 and that you want to preserve as much of the quality XDCAM offers. You can of course use a 16x9 background and use PIP for the 4x3 material. Then the black borders are not that obvious. Have a look at this clip, which was 4x3 SD all the way in a 16x9 HD project and then uploaded to Vimeo in 1280x720 resolution, without uprezzing any of the footage. http://vimeo.com/1954849
You can of course use a 16x9 background and use PIP for the 4x3 material.
Oh, that's just annoying. Stick with the traditional black bars. You want folks looking at the main content, not the extraneous window dressing.
Jim, did you have a look at the link I gave? You still consider the solution annoying?
(But then my affinity definitely lies with Canidae branch on the Tree of Life.)
I suggest you try the INSTANT HD plug in.
Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll give both options a go and see what works best.
Shooternz can you give me a few pointers with Instant HD? I'm not familiar with After Effects and Jeremy at RedGiant just told me Instant HD does not work with Premiere Pro CS4. He also told me that version 1.1 does not require the clip to be deinterlaced first. Their forum sucks.
Anyway, what would be your workflow for uprezzing a 720x568 PAL DV clip to 1920x1080? Am I on the right track:
1. Export the clip from Premiere as high quality AVI or MPEG-2
2. Import clip into AE 1920x1080 comp
3. Apply Instant HD effect
4. Render clip out to AVI(?)
5. Import clip into Premiere for use in HD project
I've just realised that this should probably not be in the Premiere Pro forum but I'm going ahead and posting it anyway...sorry.
1. I would export with Lagarith, HuffYuv or lossless (preferably the last if you have the diskspace).
4. No. I would export to BR or just use the comp in PR for export from there.
thanks for the feedback, harm, much appreciated.