Originally Posted by Ben Spinler
I had problems on every level getting downconversion done with PP2. First I couldn't get the incamera downconversion to work (and still can't - the feature stays grayed out no matter what I do) and then I decided to try to capture HDV and got sound but no video.
After reading some obscure forum post I found someone who found that if they reset the in-camera settings while hooked to PP2 it made things start recording. Sure enough it worked for me then to record HDV - I had to do the downconversion with PP2 in the computer - it wasn't the best. I think I've heard somewhere around here there is a downconversion utility - I don't know what it's called though.
I've gone to using DV 16:9 with the A1 alot since I use it in conjunction with my XL2. I'm hoping the upgrades to CS3 make a difference when I can afford it.
Not sure if I answered your question or not.
I found that you have to set your downconversion options BEFORE you connect your firewire cable. I've used it several times in the last month and the downconverted footage was better looking to my eye than an XL2 used during the same shoot. I also found it beneficial to shutdown PP2 and restart when switching between downcovert and none....