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Old March 25th, 2015, 04:56 AM   #1
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Exporting HDV as Full HD

I have some old HDV footage (1440 x 1080, 25p) I want to export as 1920 x 1080, 25p without black bars on the top and bottom.

I remember HDV footage playing back as full HD without bars back in the days of FCP 7 when you'd tick 'anamorphic' and something magical would happen.

Anyone know how to do this in FCP X?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: Exporting HDV as Full HD

Hi,

Not a Mac user - Premiere on PC - but in any case, HDV footage in a 1080 project or export should never have letterboxing - the vertical resolution of 1080 lines is the same. You might get "pillarboxing" which is bars on the sides, since 1440x1080 comes out to 4:3 if the software does not respect the 1.333 Pixel Aspect Ratio. Adobe does this automatically, so one can simply put HDV footage into a 1920x1080 Sequence, or export as 1920x1080, and it always looks fine, full screen. Can't believe that FCPX would not also do this automatically.

Have you tried it?

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Old March 25th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #3
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Re: Exporting HDV as Full HD

FCPX does do this automatically unless the footage has been altered in some way. HDV is natural 16:9 and FCPX will recognize it and import it correctly. 720 will be converted to 1080 when brought into a 1080 timeline.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 10:40 AM   #4
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Re: Exporting HDV as Full HD

Sorry, my bad, it was 720 x 576 anamorphic... I didn't even consider that the Z1 not only shot HDV...
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Old April 6th, 2015, 12:10 AM   #5
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Re: Exporting HDV as Full HD

If you look down a way in your inspector display after you highlight any storyline asset, you'll find a setting for Spacial Conform. You can set an asset to Fit, Fill, or simply use the spacial flag it arrived with.

This can set up imported assets fill out a raster that's not the same as your storyline.

Alternatively, you can cut and paste an entire storyline into a NEW project that you're set up to have the raster that you want.

X gives you a lot of flexibility in this area.

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