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different aspect ratios

145 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 10, 2012 9:44 AM by mishmumken RSS
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Oct 10, 2012 9:30 AM

I'm trying to export a reel that consists of footage with different aspect ratios, from 4:3 to anamorphic. They were shot on anything from a minidv to Red Scarlet. I'd like it to have a consistant look - black bars on top of all clips and the side ones on the 4:3 ones only.


I can get this if I set the project properties at either NTSC 720x480 or Other 640x480, but the resolution is pretty bad.


If I change it to any other option, including 720HD, the resolution sharpens but the look gets wonky. The footage shot on 5D and Red fills the entire screen, without any black bars while the other ones (minidv) get black bars all around them, even though they were shot 16:9.


How do I fix this? The project properties are not letting me write in my own dimensions. Anything I'm missing?



Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to sabvaj)

    sabvaj wrote:


    ..... while the other ones (minidv) get black bars all around them, even though they were shot 16:9.


    That's because the frame size of SD video is much smaller than that of HD video. If you want to edit in a 720p timeline you will have to up-size all SD clips and the best way to do that is through Compressor with resize filter set to best. But the up-rezzing will cause loss of quality.


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