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    Hi guys,

    This might be old knowledge to many of you, but on this forum I've witnessed a great deal of discussion and dissatisfaction with various techniques to get an HD or HDV edit transfered to a great-quality SD DVD. I, myself, have tried each and every way I've seen suggested, and with the same mediocre results - especially from what was an HD quality shoot.

    I just finished experimenting with a technique I have not seen posted on the forum (that dosn't mean many of you don't do it this way) that has resulted in a really great looking DVD - finally. I just wanted to share this with whomever might want a little visual joy in their life! I have a stack of terrible-looking DVD's that are going to get melted into a paperweight!

    Since I'm transfering the HD edit back to HDV for archiving, I have ended up with an *.m2t file of the EDIUS edit. Sooooo.....I opened a new 1080 project, imported the *.m2t file, changed the project to a DV720x480 48Khz project, rendered the timeline, transfered the render to DVD VOB files and recorded a 2 hour DVD+R DL, and it looks terrific. Almost imperseptible jaggies, great resolution and clarity, and just a small amount of "line jitter" from the line conversion. Much better by far - for some reason - than when I just took the HD timeline and traveled the same road to SD.

    To continue my experiment, I took the same procedure and altered the "layout" of the *.m2t file - stretching it to "full frame" height, then re-rendered - resulting in an anamorphic DVD which looks sensational on one of my wide-screen TV's which stretches a 3x4 picture horizontally to fill the 16x9screen, and on a laptop which can do the same.

    As I said - if many of you have done it this way, forgive my imposition. But if you haven't, and you're one of the one's who is still dissatisfied - try it. You'll like it!

    Best to all,
    Alan
    Alan J. Levi
    Director

    SYSTEM: ASUS P8Z77-VPro mobo, Intel 3770K CPU, 16 Gig Crucial 1866 RAM, Antec 1000W PS, EVGA nVidia 560Ti 1Gig Video, CoolerMaster CPU cooler, LG GGW-H20L BluRay DVD, SPARK card w/23" Samsung 1920x1080 Monitor, OCZ 240GB SSD boot in Swapable Tray & 3 WD Enterprise 1TB video RAID 5 HDD's. 4.5TB RAID 1 Outboard backups, Behringer2000 Audio Fader/Controller

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    When you imported the m2t into a HDV project why didn't you change the settings to DV Widescreen. That is what I do. I render that timeline to a widescreen DVD and it works great. No need to use the layout tool.
    Main System. MSI G33m Motherboard, Intel Q6600 CPU, 2GB Ram, GeForce 9500GT, 7200rpm System drive. WinXP. Lots of external eSATA drives.

    Laptop. Sony Vaio. CPU- i7-Gen 3, 8gb RAM, 1tbb 5400rpm hard drive, AMD GPU

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    • #3
      Hi Philip,

      Always learning something! I'll try it. I used the layout only because it seems to increase the number of pixels by stretching the vertical percentage. But maybe I don't need to do that. I'll try it with a resolution test pattern and see if there's any difference.

      Have a great weekend.
      Alan
      Alan J. Levi
      Director

      SYSTEM: ASUS P8Z77-VPro mobo, Intel 3770K CPU, 16 Gig Crucial 1866 RAM, Antec 1000W PS, EVGA nVidia 560Ti 1Gig Video, CoolerMaster CPU cooler, LG GGW-H20L BluRay DVD, SPARK card w/23" Samsung 1920x1080 Monitor, OCZ 240GB SSD boot in Swapable Tray & 3 WD Enterprise 1TB video RAID 5 HDD's. 4.5TB RAID 1 Outboard backups, Behringer2000 Audio Fader/Controller

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing Alan!

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