Please watch my tutorial CS4 HD to SD.
Then test the workflow that I outline with a short segment of your footage to see if the quality meets your standards. Scaling interlaced HD footage down to SD resolution is tougher for Pr than scaling progressive footage, which is why you need to judge the results for yourself.
Also search in the forum for "hd2sd". Dan Isaacs' AviSynth script does a much better job than Pr at scaling interlaced HD footage down to SD resolution.
Thanks Jeff...I did watch your video. It is good stuff and I will try your settings you used in the 1080i part to see how the results come out. We have a pretty fast editing rig and for the 1 hour or so of the presentation, AME was needing around 5 hours. I'll let it run tonight to see how it comes out.
I did see Dan's guide and will give a try next to see how it comes out.
We have the Blackmagic HD Extreme 3 in here just for testing exported out an BM AVI uncompressed AVI file NTSC wide and then into Encore. Came out ok, nothing great. Was too "soft" for my taste.
I'll try Dan's right now then your's overnight and see how it comes out.
We have the Blackmagic HD Extreme 3
As a point of interest, you should always mention third party add-ons in the original post.