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Old February 7th, 2005, 09:35 PM   #1
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FX-1 and 4:3 output?

Hi,

So let me get this straight...I have a conference I am going to shoot with the FX-1 that will be broadcast to a large 4:3 screen via an LCD projector. I will just run S-video (or maybe even component if the projector handles it) out to the projector. Here's my question; can I send out a 4:3 image or do I rely on the projector to 'crop' the image?

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Old February 7th, 2005, 10:34 PM   #2
 
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Send out a 4:3 image from the FX1 or your projector will likely squeeze the image, depending on how it's set up.
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Old February 7th, 2005, 11:32 PM   #3
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in the menu you have to select TV>4:3. then it will automatically letterbox the picture for you!
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Old February 7th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #4
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the FX-1 only outputs a 16x9 image when shot in HDV mode. The two choices are 16x9 letterbox and 16x9 anamorphic. The Z1 includes an additional 4:3 center-cut option which crops the left and right edges of the screen.

if your projector isn't a hi-def projector, i'd shoot the footage in 4:3 DV and project it that way.. unless you want the letterbox look.
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Old February 8th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #5
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mike thats is not correct! i shoot all day long in HDV mode and out put to a sony monitor and i am getting a 4x3 letterbox output image. there is a option in the menu that you can change your output from 16x9 to 4x3. check it out if you have the camera.


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Old February 8th, 2005, 12:48 AM   #6
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Actually, the correct term for what you're seeing is a 16x9 letterbox image. not a 4x3 letterbox image. the "16x9" refers to the aspect of the letterbox, not the display aspect ratio. 16x9 letterbox is how you show 16x9 footage on a 4:3 canvas.

Changing the output from 16x9 to 4x3 doesn't change the aspect ratio of the image to 4x3, it only letterboxes your 16x9 footage to display in full perspective on a 4x3 set.

We're both saying the same thing, just saying it differently.
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Old February 8th, 2005, 12:52 AM   #7
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ok thanks,

but it is a 4.3 image and thats what the poster was asking for. and indeed it does. inother words the 16x9 image will not be "sqeezed" into a 4x3 image.

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