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Old January 14th, 2009, 07:39 AM   #1
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Converting from 16.9(DV) to 4.3(DV)

last week i shot a wedding with 4 cameras all were working DVCAM cause the 3 camcorders were PD170 but 1 of them was Z7 and shooting DVCAM but the problem is he was shooting 16.9, is there a way i can convert it to 4.3 by EDGE CROPING or something. i must convert it cause the other CAMS are all 4.3
i need help please
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:16 PM   #2
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Don't know which NLE you use, but it's simple in Vegas - you just do a pan/crop - you can keyframe it so you can move the pan/edge crop back and forth as needed, just like they do when they make the 4:3 versions of big time movies. You can render the file out or just use the clips with the crop applied on the timeline.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:20 PM   #3
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I would consider putting a black bar letterbox mask on the project so that you essentially create a 16:9 look in the SD footage. Then, just fit the true 16:9 footage into the project with the other footage and it should look fine. Hope that makes sense.

::EDIT:: post this right after Dave. His idea is good too. I just like to avoid zooming or stretching SD footage.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #4
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I was presuming a 4:3 final product, as trying to crop the 4:3 to 16:9 would likely lose too much resolution. You can effectively crop the z7 about 50% in each direction and it still should look as good as the PD170 output at 4:3. Doing a pan/crop (what the heck is the "Hollywood" term for when they do that??) should work perfectly!
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Old January 14th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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Dave, I misread the OP. I thought he was delivering in 16:9. Disregard my earlier post.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 02:58 AM   #6
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Thanks guys im using Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 and i want to deliver 4.3 from 16.9 so if theres no quality loss i prefer to fix the 16.9 rather than giving the look 16.9 for the all video
so if anyone knows how to do it can u be little more specific about the crop and zoom
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