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  1. Question What format should I shoot for DVD output (Sony Z5)

    Hi there,

    Fairly new to videography on a prosumer camcorder.

    In July, i was asked to film a fight event, that would be output on DVD. So i hired a Sony Z5.

    Lovely camera, loved using it - however.........

    I shot in DV Resolution / Format, 16:9 widescreen (My PC doesn't cope with editing of HD video :( )


    So, for future (I have a wedding coming up)

    1st Question is: Can I / should I / would you recommend that I shoot in HD then just convert the full footage down to DV quality?

    When I output my edit (from Premiere Pro) to DVD format - i found this displayed great on my 40" Samsung - but when i played on other TV's (such as 32") there were elements cropped (such as the countdown / round timer I had placed on the left hand side of the footage in post production.

    I (due to my in-experience) thought that as long as you output to DVD standard it would resize as appropriate on the tv it is being displayed - which it didn't :(

    What I'm really want to know is, what is best format to shoot and edit in to get the best DVD output in post production.

    Many thanks for any help, it is greatly appreciated,
    neil


    Edit: I'm in the UK

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    First off - My advice would be shoot everything in as best quality as you can - if you ever need to use it again later at least its in the best format.

    Next - there is a so called 'safe area' that you should adhere to with your video - images less so than text but either way - some TVs suffer from a thing called overscan which means the very edges may not be displayed. Normally CRT tv's are a bugger for that. So don't shoot people right on the edge of the screen - they may half vanish - and keep text within that safe area. I use Sony DVDa which has an overlay to show what's safe and what's not.

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    Andy,

    thanks for your reply.

    "DVDa" - is this a file format? an export format?

    many thanks.
    Neil

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    Quote Originally Posted by maillme View Post
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    "DVDa" - is this a file format? an export format?...
    DVDa - Short for DVD Architect - brilliant DVD authoring software from Sony.

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    Download a copy trial copy Sony 10 Patinuim (70) that will edit in HD and gives you a copy of DVD-A as well.

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