Currently Being ModeratedFeb 29, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to txmacgirl)
In short, video standards or languages.
See herre for some details:
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 1:34 PM (in response to Alchroma)
That was a great chain of articles, thank you! So from my research, I have gathered the following facts:
1) North America is an NTSC country, which means that my footage is likely NTSC
2) I am told that my SD material is likely shot with 4:3 aspect ratio (that was the default on my camera)
3) My SD footage is probably 29.97 fps
In FCE, my sequence settings need to match the clips. I'll make sure to set my sequence settings to match my SD footage. To bring in my HD footage, I will need to downconvert my HD footage (either by Compressor, StreamClip, or panning and scanning to fit the NTSC 720 x 480 pixels). Until I can confirm, I'll assume that my HD footage is 30 fps, which I hope will be ok when I edit it with the 29.97 fps from my SD footage.
Because the output will be a DVD, the DVD also needs to match the source material (4:3 NTSC). So I need to make sure to burn on a NTSC 4:3 DVD. In other threads, I read that the Verbatim DVD-R version is the best type of DVD.
Lastly, the DVD needs to be played on a 4:3 screen (or set the aspect to 4:3 on the TV).
Please feel free to let me know if I've missed anything and I'll get back with any issues that I've discovered in the process.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to txmacgirl)
SD footage dos not have to be 4:3.
It can also be 16:9 if the camera was set up and capable of shooting 16:9.
FCE has Anamorphic Easy Setups to match 16:9.
Again the user needs to be aware of the incoming footage properties to get things right the first time.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2012 2:55 AM (in response to txmacgirl)
HD has so many standards, it's wonderful, everyone gets to choose their own. It can be 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 or 60 fps, interlaced or progressive.
If you use Compressor to convert exactly-30fps-HD footage (not 29.97), set Frame Controls such that "source frames play at 29.97", which will very slightly slow it down to match standard NTSC footage. The speed difference will be unnoticable. (If your HD is also 29.97, turn off Frame Controls.)
If you want to keep the option of panning/cropping your HD footage, don't have Compressor scale it down, but only adapt the framerate, and output "Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60" format. Then you can reposition/resize it in FCE.
I wouldn't recommend a brand of writable DVDs, but in my experience DVD-R has worked better than DVD+R, but ymmv. Get a rewritable medium for testing (in which case I prefer DVD+RW over DVD-RW).