So I have been asked to create DVD for a freelance TV reporter. She gave me 6 authored DVDs to cull video from, edit them to lenght, and assemble on to a new authored DVD. Simple, right? Nope. I rip the videos into QT and after setting them up in a "DV NTSC" project template, editing and exporting, the clips are cropped. Sure enough, I notice the clips I brought in are 720 x 536 (1.0) and not 720 x 480 (0.9) to match the sequence, which confuses the hell out of me... as I thought NTSC was 640 x 480 (?). So I am thinking the DVDs are the raw TV camera data so the DVDs can be played in a broadcast studio with the extra info off screen at home, but I am really not sure. Help!
1) What is the best way to handle this? I want the DVD to play on all screens with nothing cut off.
2) Since I already set up the projects, is there a way to fix it without making a new project (and starting over)? I couldn't figure out how to make the parameters for the sequence change...
3) The preset for DV NTSC says it's 4:3, but the pixel dimensions for 720 x 480 (0.9). What gives? 4:3 is 1.33333 and 720 x 480 is 1.5. Am I insane to think that NTSC should be 640 x 480 (which I cannot find a preset for)?
Any help would be appreciated, Of course, this is deadline driven, and I am sick.
Legal DVD is 720 x 576 PAL or 720 x 480 NTSC.
Editing from DVD is troublesome to begin with, if dimensions are illegal it is almost hopeless. Get the original source material.
Start reading on PAR, pixel aspect ratio and SAR, screen aspect ratio. They are completely different things.
Re-rip into the proper frame size and PAR. Make your original rips offline in the Pr project. Link to the new ripped media and you should be good to go.
I rip the videos into QT
Don't do that. In fact, just uninstall Quicktime entirely. Rip to DV AVI instead.