I have an issue I'm currently dealing with and though it seems complicated to me, I'm wondering if there's a simple solution that I'm just not understanding. Here's the situation:
I have a group of source files (720x480) that are letterboxed in different film aspects/ratios. (16:9, 2.35:1) The source files were captured in an AVI format and when I put one into GSpot, the following information is provided:
File Length Correct
DV Type 2 AVI
DV Audio/Video: 954 MB (94.92%)
AVI Copy of DV Audio: 50.7 MB (5.05%)
AVI Overhead: 298 KB (0.03%)
Codec: PCM Audio
Info:48000Hz 1536 kb/s tot (2 chnls)
Name: DVC/DV Video
pic (w x): 720x480
sar: 1.500 (3:2)
par: 0.889 (8:9)
dar: 1.333 (4:3)
I think that's all the relevant information.
So what I have to do is take these source files, overlay text, add watermark, zoom/pan/crop, add additional treatment and export into correct frame size (i.e. wide=640x360) in as close to lossless as possible. These revamped files are then stored for batch processing at a later time.
I've been told that I'm not able to do this using this particular "DV" codec, and the uncompressed option doesn't seem viable since it yields a much bigger file size and the source file is already compressed anyway. (again, this is from what I understand... I'm still somewhat new to all this.) So my question is, can anyone recommend a codec that will keep this as close to lossless as possible and keep the file sizes about the same?
I'm currently using Sony Vegas to do all this. I wasn't sure if I should post in the Vegas forum or not since from what I understand, it's a codec issue. Any help is GREATLY appreciated.