1 person found this helpful
The SD specs are all 4:3 formats (look at the aspect ratio row). You can shoot in 16x9, but will need to letterbox it. I think Final Cut is mentioned just because its so widely used. And the fact they accept Quicktime & ProRes is important to know (it's arguably the best quality delivery format of the four choices they give you, but will also be the biggest files to upload.)
Use the AE NTSC D1 or NTSC DV preset and you'll be golden.
Be sure to render using the DV Render Setting to get correct field rendering. Configure the Output Module to Quicktime movie with ProRes 422. with uncompressed 16bit / 48KHz audio (if there is audio). Tell ProRes it's interlaced footage by clicking the 'Format Option' button, then the 'Codec Option' button in the Output Module settings.
Or render to an uncompressed format and use another media encoder. (iFFMPEG is my favorite for MPEG-2, Handbrake for h.264)
Navarro - Thank you so much for such a comprehensive reply. If you don't mind - I'd like to leave it marked as "unanswered" until I more fully understand your instructions. I appreciate your patience.
I get it! Thanks to you. I appreciate your input.