iDVD can only produce SD quality no matter what you start off with, HDV or AVCHD.
HDV and AVCHD Sequences directly exported to iDVD do produce unwanted artifacts.
You have two choices.
Copy/Paste your HDV Sequence into an NTSC Anamorphic Sequence, render and export as Quicktime Movie.
Downconvert the original HDV footage through the camera to SD and edit into an NTSC Anamorphic Sequence, export as Quicktime Movie, this would require a re-edit of your work.
The first choice is probably the course of least resistance.
Be aware that the export needs to be set correctly for iDVD 16:9 to work with SD.
Thank you, Alchroma.
I think I understand what you are saying, but maybe I shouldn't have mentioned iDVD. iDVD is where I eventually want to go, but just exporting the sequence as a Quicktime Movie (NOT conversion) caused the unwanted results described above. I thought just the export to Quicktime would have produced better results . . . I haven't even brought it into iDVD yet. For example, if I wanted to screen this movie straight from my laptop, I thought a simple export as a Quicktime Movie would be ideal. Then, later, going into iDVD would produced some issues going from HD to SD, and your choices above will certainly come in handy.
As you can tell, I have no idea what I am doing at this stage of editing!! Thanks again, and please let me know if what I said above makes sense . . .
From the info you supplied it would seem that all should be well.
Where are the source files (captured clips) stored and what type of drive is being used?
Also can you right click on the Sequence icon in the FCE Browser and select Item Properties, post a screen shot.
Do the same for a clip in the Browser.
Thanks for the reply.
The sequence properties are here:
The clip properties are here:
The source files are on a LaCie external hard drive, connected through Firewire. The LaCie is one of those "rugged" silver ones with the orange rubber around it.
I can't see any obvious problems with the Sequence or clips????
Do your clips play correctly in the Viewer when entered from the Browser?
How about the Timeline?
Try a test using a Self Contained file rather than the Referenced File.
If the Self Contained file is still out of sync then I have no idea why.
PAL/NTSC crossups can cause this but all the info says you are NTSC all the way!!
Thanks, Alchroma! Exporting as self-contained did the trick! I always thought you could do either one, that it didn't matter as far as quality and syncing are concerned. I learned something. Thank you.
A couple other things as a result (I may have to begin a new thread):
(1) the resulting file is 58 GB. Seems way too big to me. It is a 79 minute documentary, and there are a lot of photos and scanned images in the timeline/sequence. I used .tiff for all these images based, I think, on a thread from this discussion board. What do you think?
(2) When playing the self-contained QT movie, sometimes it plays all the way through with no glitches, sometimes it stalls. I am guessing this is my aging MacBook Pro . . . . I also use the free version of QT. Would the upgrade help?
Glad your export worked out OK.
This sometimes occurs when exporting and the Self Contained usually sorts it.
Why the Referenced files sometimes do not work, I don't know. I've never had one fail.
It may be that you did not Mix Down the audio causing your system to lag chasing up/referencing files???
1. HDV statrs out as Long GOP and when decompressed blows up to be frame editable, hence the lager size.
This occurs when FCE turns the HDV footage into AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec)
58 gig sounds about right for 79 minutes.
2. Coud be your system.
QT Pro is worth every penny you spend for the added fuctionality, I don't think it will help playback.
If you run a Macbook with a 5400 drive or an an External USB, they are likely suspects for playback issues.