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Old June 6th, 2008, 05:24 AM   #1
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Sony HDV 1080i footage not crisp from iDVD

I have read the forums and see this same issue arise for many other users.

I see the same standard response:
Computer Monitors look nothing like TV screens.
HDV gets down converted to SD and wont look as sharp and crisp as HD.

As if almost to say - we got what we have and thats the best.

I just find it very hard to believe that with Apple up-selling us on very expensive computers that the end result is one step away from VHS quality!

I have seen Weddings shot on SD cameras with SD tape that look almost like HD when played back on a SD DVD.

How is it that I go from a gorgeous import to a final product that looks like I have a $100.00 camera?
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Old June 6th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #2
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For one thing, you'll never get the high-quality encodes from iDVD to make things look as good as you want. It has nothing to do with what format or camera you originally shot on, it's the over-simplified compression engine used by iDVD.

If you want professional results from your DVD's then you need to be using the pro products and take control over MPEG-2 quality. That means using Compressor 3 for the encoding (or another high-quality encoder such as Telestream's Episode Pro or others) and DVD Studio Pro for the authoring. Yes it's more complex than using consumer-grade applications but the quality of output will astound you compared to iDVD.
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Old June 6th, 2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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Thank you for your advice...
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Old June 6th, 2008, 09:11 AM   #4
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By the way, your listed Mac hardware is the perfect setup for FCS and DVD authoring.
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