Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to paulfromhendricks)
The screenshot for some reason is not visible here.
The only thing I can think of without seeing it is if you are creating the DVD as 16:9 or 4:3. If it is 4:3 but is played back as if it were 16:9 then it might get cropped.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 11:26 AM (in response to Luis Sequeira1)
The original project was created as a 4:3 (1440x1080) Final Cut project from 16:9 source video, and my first burn of a DVD was at 1440x1080, but has always appeared a full dimensions on my laptop. Since then I have reprocessed it a couple times in FCPX at 16:9 with the different project properties settings noted in my message. The cropping is no better or worse whichever way I burn the project. I'm sorry the .jpg screenshot image does not appear, but it shows that the cropping is not tremendously severe, just quite irritating.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 11:24 AM (in response to paulfromhendricks)
It sounds like you're seeing the overscan effect of television displays. Televisions vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and can cut off up to 10% of the image, see the action safe area in the viewer. On a computer screen of course you see the full raster without any cut off.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
Very interesting. Do I have to live with that overscan now that the project is complete? Not quite sure how to access that "action safe area in the viewer." I can live with a small chopping off by using a lower-third title that does not extend as closely to the left edge of the screen.
May I also ask your opinions of my whole workflow approach?
BTW, I can already tell you folks are great.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 12:07 PM (in response to paulfromhendricks)
Those images are worse case scenarios which rarely occur.
Overscanning only removes a normally insignificant amount of video around the edges and usually you will not notice anything is missing.
From your original description it sounded to me as though the aspect ratio had changed.
Although yourHDV dimensions are 4:3 strictly speaking, they are displayed as 16:9 because the pixels are elongated laterally.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)
The original source video brought into the Final Cut Event was 1920x1080 16:9. However, I may have stupidly pulled that video into a project template that was 1440x1080 4:3 which, once run through Compressor, was the first DVD I burned. Later, I changed the Project Properties twice as experiments, first to 1920x1080 16:9 and then second to 1280x720 16:9. What I found odd is that in all three of those variations, the video seemed to be chopped down identically on the TV screen.
There sure is a lot to learn.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to paulfromhendricks)
I'm sure that when you start a new project in the correct "template" and burn it to DVD, you will have no problems.
The simplest thing to do when starting a new project is to select "base on first video clip" as shown below.
Then when you drop your first clip into the timeline the project is created with the ideal settings.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 1:03 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)
THANKS, Ian. The template clip I referred to starts and ends with a couple "intro" graphic slides and transitions. I will keep an eagle eye on being sure I start off on the right foot.
And speaking of graphics.... Who knows the best procedures, specs, and file formats for integrating still images and photographs with Final Cut?
And will I ever shut up with questions?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 1:18 PM (in response to paulfromhendricks)
Theoretically you should tailor the size of your photos to the project size . . . . . . . but you know what you can do with theory.
I use photos straight from my camera (4000x3000 jpgs etc.) and have never had a problem.
The results have invariably been excellent and in no way could have been improved by any amount of juggling with frame sizes etc.
So as long as the originals are good quality it doesn't matter whether they are JPEG, TIFF or PNG, you will be OK.
Obviously a 4:3 photo will not fit exactly into a 16:9 sequence but you can set FCP X up to either use the entire photo with pillar box bands down the sides or get it to enlarge the photo to fill the frame . . . . . this of course crops a little from the top and bottom but it's surprising how little effect this has on most pictures.
You can of course enlarge/crop manually if you are very fussy.
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Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2013 1:34 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)