Cropping 4:3 down to 16:9? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Apple / Mac Post Production Solutions > Final Cut Suite

Final Cut Suite
Discussing the editing of all formats with FCS, FCP, FCE


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 8th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 14
Cropping 4:3 down to 16:9?

Does anyone know how to crop 4:3 footage down to 16:9 on Final Cut Pro?

I'm going to try shooting a tiny short in 4:3 on my GL2 with the 16:9 guides and then crop it down, but I'm not sure how to do that in post.

Cheers. :)
Lyndon Horsfall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #2
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Francisco, California
Posts: 487
Three ways of doing it. In a 4:3 timeline, double click on your footage, click on the motion tab, and adjust the crop bars. The other way, is using the widescreen matte under the effects tab. The third way, is to throw your footage into a 16:9 anamorphic timeline, double click on your footage, and in the motion tab, increase the scale to 133%.
Chris Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 11:56 AM   #3
New Boot
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 14
What are the drawbacks and benefits of each way?
Lyndon Horsfall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 02:57 PM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 212
I think they all achieve the same results, moving the crop bars yourself might be the hardest way. My suggestion is to use the widescreen matte since you can make adjustments up or down depending on how the shot was framed.
Matt Newcomb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #5
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Posts: 11,542
If you use the anamorphic option (the third way which Chris describes), then your footage will be in the correct format for people with widescreen TV's if you burn a DVD. And an anamorphic DVD should also work correctly for people with 4:3 TV's. The DVD player will automatically provide the letterbox for 4:3 TV's if the DVD is correctly made.
Boyd Ostroff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 07:26 PM   #6
New Boot
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 14
I think that's the way I want to go for those reasons, Boyd. Is this also the way with the best video quality?

First day here and helped already!
Lyndon Horsfall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 07:33 PM   #7
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Posts: 11,542
Welcome Lyndon! I don't know that there's a lot of difference in terms of quality, because the image is only as good as what's recorded on tape. I think the easiest way to answer your question is to do a test.
Boyd Ostroff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 8th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #8
New Boot
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 14
That makes sense. I should've known.

Thanks for your help!
Lyndon Horsfall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 15th, 2007, 08:14 PM   #9
Major Player
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Durango, Colorado, USA
Posts: 711
Quote:
Originally Posted by Boyd Ostroff View Post
If you use the anamorphic option (the third way which Chris describes), then your footage will be in the correct format for people with widescreen TV's if you burn a DVD. And an anamorphic DVD should also work correctly for people with 4:3 TV's. The DVD player will automatically provide the letterbox for 4:3 TV's if the DVD is correctly made.
I did a test of this approach and was not quite prepared for what I saw. The 4:3 footage was distorted horizontally. A 133 magnification as suggested earlier didn't alter the distortion.

I set up an anamorphic project, then captured 4:3 footage directly from tape.

Can you provide a step by step process? I've never tried this before.
__________________
Waldemar
Waldemar Winkler is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Apple / Mac Post Production Solutions > Final Cut Suite

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:07 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network