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Old December 4th, 2005, 12:55 AM   #1
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My 4:3 crop to 16:9 on DV Filmmaker doesnt work on my widescreen TV.

Why is that? My settings on the widescreen tv are set for widescreen DVD viewing. But my image looks squished (top to bottom). Any one else face this issue with the program. Suggestions? I read on here you have to crop out the top and bottom with Premiere. That true?
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Old December 4th, 2005, 01:06 AM   #2
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Why is that? My settings on the widescreen tv are set for widescreen DVD viewing. But my image looks squished (top to bottom). Any one else face this issue with the program. Suggestions? I read on here you have to crop out the top and bottom with Premiere. That true?
When you author the DVD, there is usually a setting somewhere for anamorphic. This turns on a flag bit on the DVD which tells the player that the content is in widescreen. The player will take the appropriate action for properly displaying it on your widescreen tv. But...you have to make sure you have also gone into your player's video setup and told it you have a widescreen tv attached so it knows how to handle the anamorphic flag bit. If you didn't set this bit when you authored the DVD, the player has no way of knowing and will leave it squished as you have observed.

So, it's not really your NLE at fault.

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Old December 4th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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Be careful of your terminology here. A "crop" will not necessairy convert footage from one frame format to another. In fact, if you take 4x3 and sinply crop it to a 16:9, you are in all likelyhood, simply adding the black bands at the top and bottom of the 4x3 video. You have not changed it to 16:9 doing that. You have created a "letterboxed" 4x3 image.

This gets messy from this point forward. If you did tell your DVD authoring program that this is 16:9 footage, it will have probably stretched it even more.

More details please. Do you still see the black bands when watching this DVD? Are they at the top and bottom? What did you author the DVD with?

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Old December 19th, 2005, 11:57 AM   #4
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I actually encountered this problem recently. I shot with a Panasonic DVX100A which naturally applies the letterbox black bars when shooting at 24fps. I importanted the footage and edited with Premiere Pro. First I did the editing on a 4:3 time line, then exported the movie and re-imported it into a 16:9 timeline and changed the size to 134% which basically stretches it out into "widescreen" look.

But when I authored the DVD, both 4:3 and 16:9 tvs were cutting it off. And like someone said earlier, I think it has something to do with the DVD authoring. I'll check out Encore again, and see if I can find the anarmophic setting and see if it works.
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