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Old March 9th, 2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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Best way to go HDV to DVD in Final Cut Express HD

Hi,

I have about 20 mins of HDV footage from a Sony Z1 which I need to edit and then burn onto a DVD.

I tried a test from some footage from my Z1 using iMovie HD and then iDVD. The end result looked quite bad, the footage looked very "stuttered and choppy".

I have ordered a copy of FCE HD which is due today. Any advance tips on the best workflow and DVD output quality for HDV footage going to a DVD using FCE HD?

FYI- Using 15" Macbook Pro 1.83Ghz 2GB RAM.

Thanks....
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Old March 10th, 2007, 02:40 AM   #2
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I assume that your only burn option is iDVD?

If so, i think the main thing to do is down sample your HD first. I have encoded some HDV with iDVD too and I had the same effect you described. Downsample it to DV or DVCPro50 and then use it in iDVD.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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What if your using DVD Studio pro and compressor. Hopefully that doesnt need to be exported twice as well?
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Old March 10th, 2007, 10:01 PM   #4
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i'd agree with Steve

there's a good workflow here http://www3.telus.net/bonsai/ which you may be able to adapt to your FCE system
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Old March 11th, 2007, 05:04 AM   #5
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To answer Patrick:

Compressor will handle HDV just fine. No need to downcovert first. I've done it a million times. The issue here is with iDVD.
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