I recommend setting up a 720x480 4:3 project. At the very least, have
them recapture the #2 video files as widescreen SD. (I'll refrain from
making any comments about the usefulness of AIC at half-HD) The
recaptured widescreen SD files will end up letterboxed in your 4:3
timeline. Your other choice would be to set up a 720x480 16:9 project,
but that would end up pillarboxing the 4:3 footage. Your choice.
I think you did a fine job converting the VOBs.
Resize the images in Photoshop. Get them as close to 720x480 as you
can, adjusting that upward to account for any panning and zooming that
you might want to do. But don't increase the size any more than you
have to. You definitely want to avoid working with huge frame-size
images in Pr.
48k 16-bit stereo audio should work just fine.
You should find out the native resolution of the projector, and whether
or not it has an internal scaler.
Thanks so much, Jeff.
I'll go with 720x480, 4:3 and recapture the HD footage as you suggest.
The banquet hall manager said they climbed a ladder to get the projector model number but couldn't find it. I'll stop over there tomorrow to see for myself.
If, for example, the native resolution was found to be 1024 x 768, how would that affect the settings I'm using in Premiere Pro?
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I was planning on exporting the final video/audio as a mov file to be played from my lap top hard drive rather than from a DVD.
I'd check with the client first. They may want to take a Master copy home with them and prefer DVD for that purpose.
Good point (although there is no client). I'm donating my time for this. However, if it turns out well, I may get requests for DVDs from the families.
I figured that, for the projector, I want as high quality as possible. Since much of my footage is pulled off DVDs (already compressed), I thought I'd be better off not recompressing that footage to DVD again for the show.
Problem I'm now facing is that the .mov file Premiere creates (using Export - Movie) has an AV sync issue when played back using QT Pro. Am currently surfing for an answer to that. Apparently this isn't an uncommon problem, but I've yet to find an solution......except to use a different player, such as VLC or Streamclip (both of which work fine).
Any suggestions on the best Export setting to creat the highest quality file to show from the hard drive would be great. Also, any suggestions as to the best settings for export to DVD (both as a backup for showing and to hand out to the players) would be appreciated.
sync issue when played back using QT Pro. Am currently surfing for an answer to that.
Simple, don't use Quicktime. AVI is the standard video file format. For standard def, DV should suffice. You may get slightly better quality using something like the Lagarith or UT codecs.
The projector apparently has a resolution of 800x600. Do I adjust my media files or project preset for that?
the .mov file Premiere creates (using Export - Movie) has an AV sync issue when played back using QT Pro.
Are you using AAC audio and H.264 video for export? If so, switch to PCM or even mp3. In CS4, AAC audio will be out-of-sync in Pr's H.264 Quicktime exports. Maybe it's a hangover from CS3, too?
I tried a number of AV combinations that failed to sync until settling on uncompressed video and PCM audio and the sync was good. (Am playing off the hard drive so don't need to compress.) Will try H.264/PCM if I need to burn some DVDs later.
Am I still good to go using a 720 x 480 preset, even if the projector is set for 800 x 600?