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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Client added 16:9 to my 4:3 project...

Any good way of using some 16:9 footage to a project shot in 4:3? Client has given me some clips in 16:9
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: Client added 16:9 to my 4:3 project...

Letterbox (black bars top and bottom) or zoom (cut off the left and the right) with panning as needed ("pan & scan") to keep the action well framed.

In general, people pan & scan in narrative works to keep the video from drawing attention to itself. The exception is when there is critical information on the edges, like in many credit reels.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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Re: Client added 16:9 to my 4:3 project...

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Old December 20th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Re: Client added 16:9 to my 4:3 project...

I am a PC and edit with Cyberlinks Powerdirector 11 and also Corel Videostudio.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #5
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Re: Client added 16:9 to my 4:3 project...

switching between aspect ratios within the same project can be a bit annoying for the viewer.

that leaves you to make the decision whether to keep the project 4:3 and pan and scan the 16:9 stuff. or switch the project to 16:9 and crop off the 4:3 footage to become widescreen.

which would damage each respective footage more: cropping the sides of the 16:9 footage, or cropping the top/bottom of the 4:3 footage

since we're living in widescreen world now, i'd lean toward making the project 16:9
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