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Downconverting High Def to Standard Def in Final Cut Pro

Not too long ago we talked about the possible need to upconvert from Standard Definition to High Definition due to the transition that is occurring between the two mediums. Today, we'll discuss knocking High Def material down to Standard Def, which is called downcoverting.
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It is more common to downconvert an entire HD sequence to SD as opposed to using individual clips like we discussed in our Upconverting example, but if you do need to bump down a single clip to SD, you will likewise need to choose how the higher resolution HD frame is placed in the lower resolution SD frame.

You can downconvert your HD material to SD in FCP by nesting your HD material within an SD Sequence with matching output formats. For example, if your output format is DV NTSC, nest your HD material in a DV NTSC sequence.

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