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Old February 19th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #1
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4:3 to 16:9 / Up-converting

I have some 1980's footage on DVD that I "ripped" (with permission) to a high quality .mov file that I am using in a HD documentary. The footage is native 4:3 but I would like it to be 16:9 or full screen on an HDTV. I've seen many newer documentaries that use old footage in the 16:9 aspect ratio without stretching it.

Is this done using some sort of 16:9 / Up-converting and what would be the best, most professional looking way I would do this?

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Old February 19th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #2
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ugg, you will be cropping out the top and bottom, and zooming up on it quite a bit to get it TO the 16x9 aspect without any letterbox/pillar box black gaps around it (and keeping the aspect). Zooming it up like that will only look "ok" on a normal definition tv, on a Big LCD tv its going to look far worse than Pillarboxing it.
Virtual Dubb will do all that stuff.

if i was in that situtuation i would try and pull the trick they would use for broadcasting something poorly done (like cell phones) in HD and crop it down a bit, instead of, not only having less resolution to begin with but then zooming up on that less resolution TOO. Frame it nice :-)
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Old February 19th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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You can do it with Genuine Fractals... works pretty good...

Here is the tutorial...

onOne Software Knowledge Base Resizing Standard Definition Video Clips to High Definition
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Old February 19th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #4
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Here you go, this might help you using Virtualdub.

Mini DV 4.3 to HD 16.9 |upscalling with Virturaldub
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Old February 19th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys, I will look into both of these.
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