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Old March 5th, 2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Prospect to DVD - Unwanted Letterboxing

Nothing like trying to author a DVD humble myself.

I've done lots of research and following many of the step by step instructions and I am still having some very frustrating issues.

I'm working with Prospect/CS3 and TMPGEnc.

I'll start at the end... I continually end up with DVDs that playback on 16:9 sets (one via a desktop player, and the second is a portable widescreen unit) with Letterboxing.

My only solution has been to take my CFHD file into TMPGEnc and output an MPEG file in a 4:3, effectively squishing the 16:9 source. On playback, the 16:9 display stretches out the video. Obviously this isn't the correct way to do things, because if viewed on a 4:3 monitor, the squished image is what you will get.

To complicate matters, Encore is not enjoying any flavor of Cineform, whether HDV, full raster HD, or even Widescreen SD. I get an "Adobe Encore Debug Event [..\..\Src\Time.ccp-105]

I've read some of the prescriptions for getting clips into Encore via Virtual Dub, etc... but nowhere are the details of selected aspect ratios. TMPGEnc offers 4:3 and 16:9 in a display option, or the actual pixel ratios.

I thought I knew this stuff.... but here I am, begging for wisdom.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #2
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Try this first : CineForm Insider: Mastering 24p DVDs from HD using Premiere Pro.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #3
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Hi David.... thanks for the support as usual.

Does your article apply if I output my CFHD @ 1920 x 1080 60i ?

And when you rescale... what pixel aspect do you select? In my case, with TMPGEnc.... I can choose between 4:3 or 16:9. The obvious choice to me is 16:9.... but that seems to be where my problems get started.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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No it doesn't, so just ignore the 24p bits. The point is this workflow doesn't have aspect ratio issues. Nor does it require TMPGEnc.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #5
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Thanks David.... I'm following the guidelines as we speak.
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