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OK, if I follow, you are Importing HD material (probably square pixels) into an SD Project (you do not state whether it's Standard, or Widescreen - rectangular pixels), and are then Exporting/Sharing as SD Widescreen (16:9 w/ rectangular pixels at a PAR of 1.21).
Then, you are Scaling the HD material down to about 1/4 of the SD (720 x 480) Frame Size, plus adding the Crop Effect. Is that correct?
I assume that you are using the fixed Effects>Motion>Scale, and Motion>Position to create your PiP. Is that also correct?
First guess would be that the difference between the HD PAR of 1.0 (square pixels) and the Project's PAR of ?, plus the Export/Share PAR of 1.21 is causing issues.
One possible workflow would be to create an HD Project, that matches the Go-Pro footage (see this ARTICLE for tips on the Go-Pro), then Export/Share from that, to the SD format with a PAR to match the desired SD Project's PAR, as DV-AVI. Import those Exported DV-AVI files and create your PiP, as before.
PiP, that's the term that was escaping me. - Thank you.
"First guess would be that the difference between the HD PAR of 1.0 (square pixels) and the Project's PAR of ?, plus the Export/Share PAR of 1.21 is causing issues."
Okay, I get what you are talking about, and most likely it is a miss match there. You are talking the lingo that will help me search and solve this issue much easier.
I'll try to match project up with the export file as you suggested.
Good luck, on getting the PAR's to match. That should take care of things for you - at least here's hoping.
When I am doing PiP montages, I usually do alignment grids to help that process. In your case, it sounds like you are butting your 2 x 2 matrix of Clips, so is probably not necessary. Still, here is an ARTICLE on alignment grids. At the end, I added a little bit on PiP alignment.
I didn't realize the preset was so important. Now I know, Now I know.
Unless one is doing ONLY still images, then the Preset must match the source Video footage 100%, or there will be problems.
CS5 has helped out here, in that one can Import source footage, then drag one of the Clips to the New Icon, and an appropriate Preset will be determined for that Sequence.
Thank you for your guidance.
The clips are aligning just as I'd like them to. And the grid will be very helpful.
I have a few more questions, but I think I'll ask those in existing threads that are more appropriate.
Good luck and happy editing,