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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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16:9 On Cable Broadcasting?

Hey everyone.
I run a television show on the local channels here in Maryland, and everything is shot on the XL2. We shoot in 16:9, edit, and burn a DVD copy which gets sent to Comcast and they broadcast it for us.

BUT.

Somewhere along the line the footage ends up 4:3 on the television. I know it's awkward to see 16:9 TV shows sometimes, but is it something I'm doing? It always makes everyone look stretched out, tall, and skinny. Some people appreciate the "illusioned weight loss" i'm sure, but I want my footage looking awesome in 16:9!!!

Any suggestions? Not sure what to do.
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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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Hey everyone.
I run a television show on the local channels here in Maryland, and everything is shot on the XL2. We shoot in 16:9, edit, and burn a DVD copy which gets sent to Comcast and they broadcast it for us.

BUT.

Somewhere along the line the footage ends up 4:3 on the television. I know it's awkward to see 16:9 TV shows sometimes, but is it something I'm doing? It always makes everyone look stretched out, tall, and skinny. Some people appreciate the "illusioned weight loss" i'm sure, but I want my footage looking awesome in 16:9!!!

Any suggestions? Not sure what to do.
I'll venture a guess that your sending them an anamorphic DVD; if you send them a letterboxed 4:3, your resolution will take a hit but it will be that much closer to "idiot-proof".
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Old May 31st, 2008, 09:50 PM   #3
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I'll venture a guess that your sending them an anamorphic DVD; if you send them a letterboxed 4:3, your resolution will take a hit but it will be that much closer to "idiot-proof".
So should I start shooting everything in 4:3?

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Old May 31st, 2008, 11:42 PM   #4
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I think what Benjamin was suggesting was to drop your finished 16:9 video into a 4:3 timeline to letterbox it before exporting the footage for DVD. This way when it is broadcast, it will display properly on a 4:3 television. All broadcast television is 4:3 unless it is HD, that is where letterboxing comes in handy.

If you want it to broadcast full screen, then yes you should shoot in 4:3, but if you would rather shoot 16:9 than drop the footage into a 4:3 timeline to letterbox it, perfectly acceptable.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #5
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Comcast do not do 16:9 standard def. All of the PEG and leased access channels on Comcast are SD.

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Hey everyone.
I run a television show on the local channels here in Maryland, and everything is shot on the XL2. We shoot in 16:9, edit, and burn a DVD copy which gets sent to Comcast and they broadcast it for us.

BUT.

Somewhere along the line the footage ends up 4:3 on the television. I know it's awkward to see 16:9 TV shows sometimes, but is it something I'm doing? It always makes everyone look stretched out, tall, and skinny. Some people appreciate the "illusioned weight loss" i'm sure, but I want my footage looking awesome in 16:9!!!

Any suggestions? Not sure what to do.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #6
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Or you could transcode it to square pixels adding extra pixels on the horisontal lines. And deliver as a H264/Mp4 format. I don't know if they would accept that tho.
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Old September 24th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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Whatever Dvd player they are using to play your Dvd back is setup for a widescreen TV. The setup menu on their Dvd player can be changed for a regular 4:3 Tv and then it will add the black bars in for you and you'll get that extra resolution. Your Dvd's are fine, their Dvd player just needs adjusted.
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Old September 27th, 2008, 08:35 AM   #8
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If you are going to supply 16:9 material to a 4:3 broadcaster there is one, count it ONE way to deliver: place your 16:9 timeline in a 4:3 timeline, render and deliver letterbox. PERIOD. A broadcaster does not function like a DVD player.
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