Adobe Premiere: Quality Resize from DV to VGA


I'm looking for the best way to convert DV footage (720x480 @ 0.9) to WMF (640x480 @ 1.0).  My problem is that even with the "better resize" export option checked, Premiere still does a bad job of resizing the footage (diagonals on graphics look jagged).   The way I've been doing this lately is exporting DV, and rendering the footage through Combustion to uncompressed .AVI @ 640x480 and loading that footage back into Premiere to do the .WMF export.  

Is there a better way?


-Donald Newlands
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Have you tried Cleaner 5? It does a much better job at converting than most of the editors, especially Premiere. Also, are you resizing, or cropping because youre going to end up with some strange artifacts by not resizing proportionally. You are in effect squashing 720 pixels down to 480 without changing the height. Im sure your diagonals look jagged because theyve been squashed. Lastly, why WMF? There are much more flexible formats you could use.
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DV looks "squashed" on a computer monitor because it's pixel aspect ratio is 0.89:1, not 1:1 like most computer graphics, so we have to do a quality non-proproportional resize before going to screen-based codec like .WMF.  Otherwise the output would look squashed.  We've been using Sorenson Squeeze for both .WMF and Quicktime .MOV output and it seems to do a pretty good job.   It is strange however that Premiere apparently lacks the ability to do a decent job resizing output on its own.  (It was simply throwing out every few rows of the image -- this is why the diagonals look jagged.)

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