I'm currently undergoing a project where I have to edit some material only available from DVDs. Basically I need to export a clip or two from the DVDs, and edit them in FCP for use on the net. The material I have are mostly feature films stored on the DVDs in 720x576 MPEG 1/2 Video (mpgv), however strangely FCP claims the frame size is 720x404.
The problem isn't ripping the DVD's. For that I have the right equipment. The problem is finding the right settings in FCP 6.0.6.
The videos are 16:9, so anamorphic seems to be the right choice in FCP as well. However when I set the FCP Sequence to CCIR 601 / DV PAL (5:4) to 16:9, the image is squished… Obviously that can't be right. While
Modify > Conform to Sequence worked, it makes me uncertain that there is also a
Scale to Sequence... Which one should I use, if any?
What kind of settings would be best to edit this correctly with minimum loss of quality in FCP? Advice about settings in Compressor or Adobe Media Encoder are also welcome.