There are different ways to approach this.
You could start by thinking about what the end result is...
eg if you want to end up with a DV ( S 4:3) movie. Create a SD Sequnce and edit everything in that. Means you have to scale down your HDV to fit. Easy.
If you want a 16:9 movie. Create a 16:9 sequence and edit in that...but you will have 4:3 footage in it that requires up scaling.
Your options are :
Motion Scaling ( you will get a quality hit on the DV footage)
Instant HD plugin (effective but it costs $)
Maybe upscale in After Effects ( better method than upscaling in PPRO)
FWIW. There is no problem mixing and editing footage on the same trmeline ( apart from the different frame size)
Thanks for your reply!! It makes sense.
Just one more question:
Can I assume that if I have an HDV 720p video for capture and I set my working sequence to regular DV (not high definition) it will "downscale" the HDV video when it is dragged to the timeline (i.e. clip it from 16:9 down to 4:3 and remove pixels so that they match the regular DV preset?)
A regular dv camera shoots 720x480.
But why 4:3? Your HD footage is widescreen.
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As upscaling sw, I use, and suggest, Elecard Converter Studio AVC HD.
Inside there are good pre-loaded settings.
You can upscale many clips in one time: just take a look.......
Good point!! In most cases you are correct, but I am stuck dealing with output from a Flip Video that only shoots 640 X 480. They are not my cameras but are being used in a forum in which candidates have an opportunity to give a quick "Who I Am" statement. The other cameras covering the event will shoot 16:9. The event is at www.oregoncountryfairforum.org.
I certainly would not go 4:3 if I didn't have to!!!
Thanks again for your post.