View Full Version : Best way to go HDV to DVD in Final Cut Express HD

James Darren
March 9th, 2007, 09:30 PM

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.


Steve Ellington
March 10th, 2007, 02:40 AM
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.

Patrick Moreau
March 10th, 2007, 08:15 PM
What if your using DVD Studio pro and compressor. Hopefully that doesnt need to be exported twice as well?

Andy Mees
March 10th, 2007, 10:01 PM
i'd agree with Steve

there's a good workflow here which you may be able to adapt to your FCE system

Steve Ellington
March 11th, 2007, 04:04 AM
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.