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DVDit Pro HD and Cineform Neo HDV


L. Kingston

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If I import a Cineform codec avi into DVDit Pro HD, it would work except for two problems:

 

1/ I can't preview the video in "simulate" mode.

2/ DVDit Pro HD doesn't adjust for the Cineform apect ratio of 1.3 and instead previews and renders it as pillarboxed 4:3.

 

I would love to see these problems fixed, especially the aspect ratio one, because DVDit renders the HD mpeg 2 file about four times faster than Vegas does. If I didn't have these problems, it would be a real timesaver.

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I have been bringing Cineform .avi files into DVDit Pro HD for a month now. I have AccessHD 4.13 and the corresponding HDlink. If I declare the project widescreen at the outset, when I import the .avi file it shows with the proper aspect ratio both on the desktop and on the component HDTV outputs of my Matrox Parhelia card. My projects are HDV 1080x1440, (aspect 1.33 widescreen) and that what the "properties" window reports [right click on timeline].

 

The only downside is that "simulate" does not work as reported in this thread:

 

http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?...c=19251&hl=

 

I shrugged that off to a twisted Cineform install: I am stuck on 4.13 until I wipe it and PPro off and reload.

 

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As long as we are talking aspect ratio: I use stills for menu backgrounds. This application likes a square pixel 1080x1920 file. It does not properly use a 1080x1440 file labeled in Photoshop CS2 as 1.333 aspect ratio. No biggie!

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As long as we are talking aspect ratio: I use stills for menu backgrounds. This application likes a square pixel 1080x1920 file. It does not properly use a 1080x1440 file labeled in Photoshop CS2 as 1.333 aspect ratio. No biggie!

 

<<try the menu aspect settings in the menu attributes window. Stretch might make that 1440x1080 work to properly. the default is zoom. that might not work with that file>>

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you need to explore this further. there are a number of people using Cineform AVIs on this forum. Also, you may want to go into the "Movie Attributes" window and manually change the aspect ratio to 16:9.

 

When I go to the "Movie Attributes" window, 16:9 is already checked. If I change it to 4:3, it gets even skinnier. If I go back to 16:9. it only widens up to it's original pillarboxed 4:3 look.

 

The more expensive versions of Cineform will render at 1920x1080 resolution with square pixels and I'm sure that would work, but the Neo HDV which I am using (and is the same resolution as my raw m2t footage) only does 1440x1080 with a 1.3333 pixel ratio. So far, DVDit Pro HD is treating my footage like it had square pixels rather than the stretched 1.3333 rectangular ones that are supposed to be there and I can't get a usable output from this.

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I just did a forum search and did in fact find several people talking about being successful importing 1440x1080 Cineform. I can't seem to make it work no matter what I try however.

 

I'm using the new Neo HDV rather than the old Connect HD format that was being referred to in the previous posts. I wonder if something got broken on their end (Cineform's) when they did this new version.

 

Is anyone importing 1440x1080 Cineform AVIs into DVDit Pro HD? How about in the newer 1440x1080 Neo HDV format?

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