If you shoot video with the camera in your hands, every slight move you make is translated into change between frames. This makes the compression process very difficult and often results in blocky pixel movements on the streamed product. Try to shoot on a tripod.
In the new version of Avid Media Composer 5.5, the Smart Tool has changed.
Being consistent when allocating your audio tracks in your project before sending to the sound dub will save time during the dub prep. For example we set Track1 as GuideVO/Final VO, Tracks 2-4 as Sync Audio, Tracks 5,6 for FX and Tracks 7,8 for Music. Check with your dubbing mixer for his/her preferred track layout!
The pixel dimensions of a DVD frame are only 720 x 576. Therefore, displaying small text and detailed diagrams can be problematic. Use a resolution of 72dpi and keep your text point size above 16ppt. Text below 16ppt will be illegible.
Shooting video to look good on the web is more demanding than shooting video for television. The video will be heavily compressed before it is streamed and then viewed on the Internet. Any picture content that gives the codecs more work results in image quality deterioration.
There's a few things to consider when moving your offline edit to an online system. Here's a few things to look out for.
When capturing HDV, try using the HDV to ProRes through firewire settings as these will cause much less problems later on with the Media Manager and integration with other applications in Final Cut Studio 2. The footage becomes frames based rather than GOP based; basically it plays a lot better.