1. Check the Playback Resolution of your Program Monitor. (And remember that those built-in monitors are for content viewing only. Quality should always be judged on a properly calibrated external TV.)
2. You have a mismatch of resolutions here. Don't do that. Keep the HD stuff in an HD sequence, and the SD stuff in an SD sequence.
Jim, thanks for the reply.
On the mismatched resolutions, I created an SD sequence and an HD sequence and tried nesting them in either direction. I'm pretty sure this can work because when I get DG to build the reel, they have no problems going from SD commercials to HD commercials and back again on the same DVD. Granted, likely they're using some other software/hardware to do it but I think the principle is the same.
On the degradation issue, I'll try burning a DVD and playing it back on an external monitor to see if the problem goes away. What's happening now is the footage playing in the source panel looks perfect and that shown in the project panel is degraded. Is this to be expected?
Is this to be expected?
That depends on the properties of the media, the sequence settings, and the Playback Resolution of the Program Monitor.
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If you are editing all these sources into one project for a single delivery, it seems that you that you should have a master sequence that is set for the lowest common denominator of your source resolution, which is SD. You need to decide if you want to make a 3X4 SD sequence and letter box all 16X9 material or a 16X9 sequence with pillars on any 3X4 material.
You can scale down HD footage in the sequence, and if the Aspect Ratio is wrong on any particular clip, right click on it in the project window and choose "Interpret Footage" to adjust.
Thank you Stephen. I'll give that a shot.