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    Converting HD video to SD video

    Hi everybody! I'm a self taught filmmaker and am very comfortable with the Adobe production suite. I have been working with SD up till now and have purchased a JVC GZ-HD7. It seems to be a great camera. I'm ingesting with the provided software via usb2. I am planning on using a BM intensity pro capture card,if the camera allows it.

    Anyways, the HDV is converted to mpeg and ready to use. I can export HD with PP2, but I want to convert the footage to SD, as not everyone is ready for my HD movies. My question is regarding converting the HDV to a SD format without losing the picture "quality" I understand the decrease in resolution, but am compelled to ask...If George Lucas can film with HD and I watch the movie on my non HDTV, then why can't I do the same thing?

    I am trying out Cineforms' ProspectHD and have converted my 1920x1080HD to cineformHD 720x486SD and am fairly pleased with the results. Is this the only way, do I have to spend $1000+ to convert my footage, or are there other options? I hate to spend the money just to use CF as a downconverting tool, as PP2 can work with my HD footage easily and export it. Any tips and direction would be appreciated! I have asked many people in the real world and they don't understand I hope this makes sense to you all here.

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    I guess no one here knows either.....

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    Hmm, I've never thought about it that way... sorry I can't help you

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    I'm not sure I understand your problem completely. I Assume you have tried exporting your video as standard def (File > Export > Movie) but are unhappy with the results.

    I edit HDV using Premiere and output to standard 16x9 DV. The end quality is obviously not as nice as HDV but it's fine for DV. Is there a specific problem with the quality of your output file?

    BTW I'm looking forward to getting Adobe Encore CS3 which allows you to easily output a project as both Blu-Ray and standard DVD.
    Dave Owen

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    Thanks for the replies! Ya, the visual quality is not what I am happy with by directly exporting it. I guess what it comes down to is how 'Hollywood' gives us the picture quality we see on our tv. Thats why I chose to go the HDV capturing the best possible image I am hoping to have more to work with. The colour space is the key and I am wondering if I need Cineform or the likes to control it...I just wanted to see what you guys here thought about it. Thanks again,

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    The Answer is ridiculously inexpensive.

    After quite a bit of personal experimentation I believe that the answer to this common issue is a little piece of software called "Any video converter".

    It's insanely cheap but believe it or not it produces a better result than Procoder.
    The demo version lets you encode 3 minutes, which should be enough to convince you.

    Just convert from full HD MPEG-2 to highest quality DVD output and be amazed at how this one slipped under the radar...

    p.s. Check in the options box that audio is not set to normalise (default setting).
    Last edited by RDMS; 15th Jan 2008 at 12:19. Reason: grammer

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    Hi Dev Gear
    It's worth sending a PM to my friend Brido here!! He has a lot of experience now with HD to SD and has CineForm so you can get some objective ideas from him

    I'll also ask him to check this topic


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    What differences do you notice between the two scaling methods?
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    Also, are you trying to letterbox or pan and scan?
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