How do I convert wide screen footage to the 4:3
by Daniel126 on Sep 16, 2007 at 6:06:25 am
Hey there. I haven't done event videography for a few years.
A friend of mine asked me to videotape his sister's wedding. I videotaped it using the Canon GL2 camera. He videotaped it using some consumer Sony camera which captures in the 16:9 format.
Footages from both cameras were digitized.
I have Canopus DVStorm and Premiere 6.5 which are compatible.
I also purchased PPro2, which is not compatible with DVStorm
I also have Canopus Procoder 2 which converts from 1 format to another.
When I imported both my and his digitized footage into Premiere 6.5, and previewed the video on my monitor, my footage appeared fine in a 4:3 format, whereas his footage appeared in the 16:9 format on the 4:3 screen.
I tried converting his footage in Procoder to Canopus AVI1 720x480, and still has the black frame on the top and bottom when previewed on the monitor.
I tried the transform function in Premiere, stretching the height and width to 120%, and this ends up in the footage looking very grainy and blured.
How do I effectively convert his footage to the 4:3 proportion without loss of quality?
Re: How do I convert wide screen footage to the 4:3 by Vincent Rosati on Sep 16, 2007 at 8:28:26 pm
I'm sorry that you have to deal with multiple formats. It can make a project very time consuming.
The 16:9 clips should drop into your 4:3 Timeline with the sides cropped, with no letterboxing.
Is the "16:9" footage true 16:9 or is it actually letterboxed?
If it is letterboxed, than you will need to upscale :( to fill your fullscreen project. If you need to upscale, you must first deinterlace the footage - a wholly different issue.
Don't scale the height of interlaced footage.
Make sure "Scale Clips..." is NOT checked in Project/Project Settings/General-Video settings.
Click on the "16:9" clips in the Project window and see if a 1.2 PAR is indicated in the movie's properties.
If you have true 16:9 files, I recommend that you select all of them in the Project window and right-click/Interpret Footage - Conform to PAR 0.9, than use the Transform filter to scale the width to 133.3. You may need to manually keyframe in some pan & scan with the Transform/Position setting, as well.