I'm cutting a show on Avid. It's a film show, aspect ratio 2.35:1 flat. We're trying to figure out how to compress clips for web delivery. Here's our workflow so far:
Export from Avid full size with same as source compression.
Load file into Autodesk Cleaner 6.5 for compression and watermarking.
That's all well and good, but it comes out with a 4:3 quicktime letterboxed for the 2.35:1 material. I want to get rid of those letterbox bars to make the files smaller.
In quicktime, I know you can go into "Show Movie Properties," click on video track, and apply a GIF mask to resize the quicktime window. However, this does NOT seem to remove the information from the file... just mask it off.
For the life of me I can't figure out a way to permanently delete this information outside the mask area, and every combination of settings I try in Cleaner doesn't work properly: it either distorts the picture, or throws away the wrong portion of it. Does anyone know how to do this?
In cleaner just make sure that the aspect ratio of your output is set to either same as source/maintain aspect ratio or set explicitly to 2.35:1. This method won't introduce the letterboxing, as such they'll be no need to crop.