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#1 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:10 AM

Hey everybody, I'm trying to edit a montage reel together in Final Cut and I'm a bit unsure what settings I should use.

As 50% of my material is in Standard Definition I think on this reel I'm going to finish to Standard def for internet and DVDs in 16x9. The footage is all 25fps but some is standard def, some HD but also a mixture of 16x9 (anamorphic), 2.35 and a little 4x3.

So here is my concern, when setting up a sequence should I have it at say DV PAL anamorphic or instead work at the higher end like in ProRes before I export down to Standard Def.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

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#2 Paul Bartok

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:28 AM

In my opinion work in the highest possible workflow, until you finish try not to lower the image quality in anyway,
Don't limit your footage for any future use, color space has caused a new problem for digital work-flows
Depending on your settings just leave it at 25fps pal or 1080/25 rgb709.
In terms of aspect ratio that's up to you really you will need to judge what looks aesthetically pleasing,
If you can blowup the SD footage to get a 16:9 aspect ration go ahead, people wont notice to much between 16:9 and 2.35
See if any of that helps
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:54 PM

Thanks Paul, thats how I started it and makes sense. Yea i've done it in 16x9 with bars for the 2.35, may do some side bars for the little bit of 4x3 I've used to preserve the frames.
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