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  • 16:9, HiDef and Japan

    Posted by Geoffrey on April 8, 2005 at 9:38 am

    Very soon I will be producing a marketing video for a 5 star hotel.
    The DVD output will be distibuted in both Europe and Japan, their major market.
    As Japan is NTSC and HiDef, what sort of complications will I come up with in the edit.
    I live in Pal land so my initial thoughts are to shoot it on a PAL Dvcam and in 16:9 mode…or…what about the Sony HDV camera’s…is there an advantage in using it for this shoot or is the technology a problem in these early days on HDV. Vegas5d can handle this format can’t it? I haven’t read up much on this format yet. I have heard you have to “down convert” footage for it to work on a 4:3 format, and the Eurpoean version will be 4:3, whereas the Japanese will need to be 16:9 hi def will it not?
    How do people who have shot 4:3 work around this problem for Japan.

    Peter Wright replied 19 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Peter Wright

    April 8, 2005 at 10:07 am

    I don’t think Hi Def DVD has arrived yet – probably the main difference is 16:9 and 4:3, so here’s one approach.

    Shoot in 16:9 mode and output a Widescreen NTSC DVD, That’s for Japan.
    (The Sony Z1 cameras will shoot in true 16:9, either in HDV format or DV. If in HDV you’ll need the Cineform software to capture and create the intermediate avi for editing, unless of course Vegas 6 changes this situation.)

    Now this same DVD will play on almost all PAL DVD Players, and if they have 4:3 TVs it will be letterboxed, so the same DVD could possibly be used for both markets.

    If you want to output a separate 4:3 version, this can be done by cropping the 16:9 in Vegas, then outputting to a Standard PAL DVD project.

    [If you go the other way and shoot DV 4:3, cropping a 16:9 out of this will involve a loss of quality.]

    Peter Wright
    Perth, Western Oz

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