FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom
I have to make a showreel for some dancers. I filmed them in 1080p25.
I converted it to cineform using Remaster (I’m working on OSx Snow Leopard). I can use Prores using MPEG streamclip if needed.
I setup a project with custom 854×480 (for youtube 480p). I deselected User Preferences -> Editing -> Always scale clips to project size
I used the wireframe to resize the clips and move them so the dancers were filling up the frame (that was requested of me).
Now I hit the various problems that FCP has with scaling – aliasing artifacts.
People have posted that its better to use the scaling algorithms from MPEG Streamclip and other tools.
Unfortunately as I am doing a zoom and move in the same frame, I am stuck using FCP as an editor – unless someone shows me another tool where this could be done.
So how do I avoid FCPs crappy downscaling algorithms and manage to finish this frustratingly long project ?