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Old January 2nd, 2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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Recommended output format for old 4:3 footage

Hi All, (Newbie here)

Have capture some very old footage footage which is in standard 4:3 format. I have edited and almost done, but what format ratio and settings would be best to render this video too?
Are there any rules I should be following for all the new TV formats etc. (this project for DVD only)

Look forward to your responses.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 06:25 AM   #2
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4x3 MPEG2-DVD.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 03:30 AM   #3
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You have a choice.... do you intend to watch it on a widescreen set?
You could have it as a 4x3 format on a 16;9 project, having black bars either side... this is the industry standard.
Or you could pan and scan or you could zoom in and re render it to 4x3....

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Old January 8th, 2010, 02:18 PM   #4
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Actually there are NO choices as long as you want to preserve the quality - since we're talking about old footage, there is not much quality to start with.

So keep it 4x3. Going 16x9 you will loose quite a bit of resolution!

A correctly authored DVD will be correctly displayed even on a 16x9 HD screen.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:20 AM   #5
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Harm, Ben, Ervin.

Thanks for your responses. Sounds like I should keep it as is, and look at it again when authoring the dvd.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:13 AM   #6
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Actually there are NO choices as long as you want to preserve the quality - since we're talking about old footage, there is not much quality to start with.

So keep it 4x3. Going 16x9 you will loose quite a bit of resolution!

A correctly authored DVD will be correctly displayed even on a 16x9 HD screen.
That should have been the case--but when it comes to standalone DVD players, it seldom holds true. Many DVD players that I've used always stretched 4:3 videos (yes, even from DVDs with mixed 4:3 and 16:9 content) to fill 16:9 screens no matter what I did (and even as 4:3 content is stretched, 16:9 content is displayed correctly)--to the point that I had to manually set the TV's display mode to 4:3 whenever I view 4:3 material (but then, 16:9 content would get squashed into the 4:3 frame). And, when I set those same DVD players for a 4:3 set, the 4:3 images still get stretched while 16:9 content gets both letterboxed and stretched. This is because few standard-definition DVD players correctly recognize the embedded flags for different aspect ratios; after all, standard-definition DVD was originally conceived at a time when all TV displays had a 4:3 aspect ratio. (By comparison, most Blu-Ray players do correctly recognize the DVD aspect ratio flags.) As a result, mixing 4:3 and 16:9 material onto a single DVD can become needlessly frustrating.
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Old February 1st, 2010, 04:09 PM   #7
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Something I have only noticed now this footage has gone to big screen is that there is a green bar down right hand side. Only on some clips? Have I missed something again with this old 4:3 footage?
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Old March 16th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #8
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I am doing pretty much the same thing. I am cutting old 4:3 footage into smaller clips for the web. The problem I have is the quality of the footage is not that great, but when I render from premier it looks even worse. Is there a way to render these clips without losing any quality, i am not to concerned with size of the file?

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