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PAL letterboxed to NTSC anamorphic DVD

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stuckfootage Level 4 Level 4 (3,040 points)
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I'm trying to figure out a good workflow to go from a PAL letterboxed
QuickTime movie to an NTSC anamorphic DVD. A rather depressing assignment.

Using Compressor, I started with the DVD: 90-minute Best setting.
In the MPEG-2 Video Format section, I selected NTSC, 29.97, 16:9, top first.
Turned on all the frame controls--set to better or fast,
and set Source Inset (Cropping) to 16:9. That works, but there are some
nasty interlacing artifacts.

Am I doing something absurd here?
Would it make more sense to split the workflow:
first deinterlacing, then resizing and changing the frame rate,
followed by the MPEG-2 encoding?

I could split the process up with a New Job with Target Output,
or I could do all the "mastering" in Shake, and just use Compressor
for the MPEG-2 encoding.

Any words of wisdom would be most appreciated.
MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad i7, 8GB RAM, 500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.7), FCP 6.0.6, Shake 4.1.1, Max 5.1.8, Live 8.2.2
  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,805 points)
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    Apr 16, 2011 6:29 PM (in response to stuckfootage)

    Not sure about fooling with the pixel dimensions and pixel aspect ration (anamorphic) issues, but in terms of dealing with the frame rate, the best thing I think is to use cinematools to conform your quicktime to 23.98 fps.  There is no loss, cinematools simply changes the quicktime metadata so each individual frame in your original qt is mapped to an individual frame in your conformed quicktime, i.e. it's slightly slowed down. 

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