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17 January 2013 @ 12:18 pm
Codecs for Vidding NTSC DVD Source in Final Cut  
Hi all,

I vid with Final Cut Pro, and most of my vidding thus far has been with NTSC DVDs, which I rip to my computer and then use MPEG Streamclip to convert clips to mov. I use the Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC codec for my clips, but I'm starting to wonder if there's something else that would work better. In particular, I've had some issues with non-square pixels in my final export, especially when the source's frame aspect ratio is 16:9 (it doesn't seem to happen in 4:3). My understanding is that the DV codec doesn't use square pixels, and I'm wondering if there's a good, high quality editing codec that works well for NTSC DVDs that does use square pixels, so I can just nip the issue in the bud.

Thanks!
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chasa: viddingchasarumba on January 17th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm using the Ut Video codec, which is lossless. I don't know how it would work with MPEG Streamclip since my process is different (and I'm on Windows, though it looks like Ut Video is supported for Mac systems).

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Ut-Video-Codec-Suite
fray-adjacentfray_adjacent12 on January 18th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- I'll see if Streamclip has this codec!
Invisible Friend: flower rainel1ie on January 18th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
Sorry, I can't help, but remember DVD sources are not a true 16:9 ratio, they're anamorphic, they have the stretched pixels, so therefore won't have a square pixel if you stick to the screen size.
fray-adjacentfray_adjacent12 on January 18th, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. My hope is that converting with a codec that uses square pixels will transform the clips into a true 16:9 ratio with square pixels. It seems like Streamclip can do it! Thanks.