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Upconverting SD for Use in High Definition Sequences

Your production house has finally gone HD and you shoot a project completely on on one of the shiny new High Def camcorders. When you're sitting in front of your Final Cut Pro editing bay, you discover that you need to add some SD footage in order to make your package complete.
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Considering that we are in the middle of the transition from SD to HD video, this scenario has become commonplace for the editor. Upconverting SD media to HD media can be achieved by scaling the SD clip placed in the HD sequence.
Due to the fact that Final Cut Pro is resolution independent, you can add any clips in the browser to a sequence.

Scaling a 720X480 SD Clip into a 1280X720 HD sequence:

1. Open the SD clip in the Viewer

2. Click Motion Tab in viewer

3. Click the disclosure triangle, opening the Basic Motion parameters

4. Type 150 in the Scale field

5. click the disclosure triangle to open the Distort parameters

6. Type 12.5 for the Aspect Ratio

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