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Old April 30th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #16
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http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=64673

In that thread Nick was looking for a method of shooting 4:3 to be converted to 16:9, someone recommended filming 4:3 in a 16:9 guideframe and then in a 4:3 project, add black bands in post to crop the top and bottom so it can be displayed on a widescreen TV...Is that not even necassary then? Would a DVD Player not automatically crop the top and bottom without the matte being placed in post or would the video be pillarboxed if the matte wasn't placed there during editing?
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Old April 30th, 2006, 07:45 PM   #17
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Unless you create an anamorphic DVD, the player won't do anything except show your 4:3 video. So if you add black bars to a 4:3 project then that's exactly what you'll get from the DVD player. However someone with a widescreen TV will have the 4:3 video with the black bars pillarboxed on their 16:9 screen. If you make a real 16:9 DVD, then it will fill a widescreen TV at full SD resolution, but it will be letterboxed on a 4:3 TV.
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Old May 1st, 2006, 06:32 AM   #18
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So if my source footage is 4:3;

1. I want a 4:3 DVD on a 4:3 TV:

I work in a 4:3 project, edit in a 4:3 project and export to a 4:3 DVD.

2. If I want to make a a 4:3 DVD Widescreen,

I edit in 4:3, crop it in post and do some 16:9 pan and scan and export it as a 16:9 DVD?

3. If I edit in 4:3, DON'T crop it and export it as a 16:9 DVD, it will just be pillar boxed on a widescreen TV and letter boxed automatically on a normal TV?

4. If I work on 4:3 that I know will ONLY be on 16:9 DVD, then I use the guideframes when filming and don't have to worry about 16:9 pan-and-scan in post after I've added the bands?

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Old May 1st, 2006, 07:31 AM   #19
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the answer

Boyd has at least one of the answers; that has worked for me.

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 12:52 AM   #20
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Well, now this is weird. I used DVDSanta to convert a DIVX AVI copy of a Desperate Housewives episode to DVD. The episode is in widescreen and letterboxed when I watch it on my PC, so when I made the DVD I said it was 16:9 however when I watched it on my 4:3 Television, it came out in 4:3 without looking stretched...Why is that?
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