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Old July 13th, 2004, 02:23 PM   #16
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Rob, I think Holly is just talking about a simple 16:9 letterbox: "shrinking the width with locked ratio down to 720, keeping it centered hence letterboxing 4:3" . Or at least, that's what you would get if you lock the aspect ratio and set the width at 720, with a black bar above and below. And it's why I asked at earlier: "Would it be too radical to letterbox the 16:9?"

Yeah, you could call that downsampling, but it's generally just called letterboxing. If you edit in FCP all you need to do is create a 4:3 sequence and drop your 16:9 clip into it. But some applications (like the 6 o'clock news) will probably want fullscreen 4:3 and not letterboxed 16:9...
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Old July 13th, 2004, 02:34 PM   #17
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I'm lost. I've been doing this XL2 thing for 13 hours straight now.
I hope Boyd understands what is going on <g> Letterboxing is
no problem indeed!
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Old July 13th, 2004, 02:37 PM   #18
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Yeah, if you just wanted to letterbox it you'd be better off shooting in 16:9 mode and then shrinking it down. You'd have a higher resolution master to work with before putting out your finished product.

But you'd be better off keeping it just the way you filmed it (16:9) and distributing it as an animorphic DVD - assuming DVD is your target medium.

By cropping to 4:3, I (and I assume Rob, also) was referring to actually trimming the edges back off to get a fullscreen picture. If you're going to do that from an XL2 picture, you'd be better off shooting it 4:3 to begin with.
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Old July 13th, 2004, 02:44 PM   #19
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That's what I meant indeed Russell.
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Old July 13th, 2004, 02:46 PM   #20
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Russell, Boyd, Rob: Thank you. The animorphic DVD would yes be the best option for that medium. For regular VHS the method I stated above seems most usefull, and for web 4:3 applications as well. If blowing up to film, then it's fine the way it was. So, for all applications still it seems the best way to shoot would be 16:9.

If you're shooting 16:9 for 4:3 all you'd really have to do is put the 16:9 clip into a 4:3 composition and then stretch it to it's normal 16:9 width.. putting the extra image information outside of the viewable 4:3 composition area. Makes the most sense to me because the actual hieght is the same for both ratios... correct?

Much like in Vegas with the pan and crop keyframing features. I've found those features usefull in the ability to keyframe the footage's vertical position.. to help stabilize and compose the images within an overlaying letterbox. Just in case it wasn't shot within the guides correctly in the first place.

So in this instance, you'd have left and right adjustability.

This of course, might be too much of a painfull process for some people.
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Old July 13th, 2004, 05:04 PM   #21
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Hey Rob... GET SOME SLEEP! You guys have done a fantastic job here and have really put DVinfo on the bleeding edge this time. Thanks for all your efforts!
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Old July 13th, 2004, 05:45 PM   #22
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i wonder if this means we can get REALLY REALLY crazy and go for 2.35 =).
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Old July 14th, 2004, 03:58 AM   #23
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Boyd: and that's what I did, 5 hours later. A problem at work
reared its head. Oh well. Thanks!!
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Old July 14th, 2004, 05:09 AM   #24
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Well, I think that the 16:9 mode should offer guidelines for 1.85, for theatrical blowup. Even though it's only a slight difference, one is still chopping off a bit of information for that eventuality.
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Old July 14th, 2004, 05:14 AM   #25
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Charles: that might be possible with the SDK (who knows yet).
When I return from my vacation I will see if I can take a look at
this. I know you would probably want an outline anyway
(dotted?) so it would be interesting to see if we could add such
a feature. I'll keep you posted on this.
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