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Old March 27th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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First Light aspect rations: why on 4:3?

I appreciate that First Light will let you crop aspect ratios to match what you get with anamorphic film cameras. That's cool, but I would use a 4:3 crop a lot more.

Why you might ask in this era of progressive modes and 16:9 video? Because I do a lot of work for a local church with projectors and 4:3 screens. I usually end up doing 16:9 and 4:3 versions of every project.

What happens is that I'll do my 16:9 edit, then I'll do a 4:3 version when I'm happy with the 16:9 one. Then someone will look it over and suggest a few changes. At that point I have to go and make the changes twice: once in each version. It would be so much easier to crop the widescreen frames in First Light and move the centers for the 4:3 frames. Then I could do my 16:9 edit and switch between framings in First Light. Slight editing changes to both versions could be done once instead of twice.

Just an idea.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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You're not the only one, 4:3 crop is on the list as film archives need it.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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That is great news. I'll use that feature regularly when it is added.
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