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David Jahns
Compressor 3 - Geometry - crop & aspect ratio
on Nov 2, 2007 at 5:52:35 pm

Does Compressor's Gemoetry Tab make sense to anyone?

I have DV source file with 16:9 letterboxing, and I want to make a 16:9 web quicktime w/o letterboxing. Should be easy enough, right?

In the Gemoetry tab, I'm selecting: Crop to 16 x 9

And in the Dimensions, I'm selecting 480 x 270 Custom 16:9, square pixels.

In the Preview window, the left side source cropping looks fine, but in the right side, it looks anamorphically squished.

And the resulting quicktime is overcropped and anamorphically squished - it looks normal if stretched to 2.35:1 - but it's way overcropped at that point.

Anyone understand how to use this geometry pane?

(the manual is no help at all, of course...)

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Rich Rubasch
Re: Compressor 3 - Geometry - crop & aspect ratio
on Nov 2, 2007 at 10:34:10 pm

No help from me except to say compressor has the most convoluted, clunky and flawed interface of any compression program I have used.

I also had a similar project to crop....I think I finally got it, but not after taking several trial and error attempts....finally getting an acceptable encode. Could not, and did not, trace my steps to figure out how in the world I ended up doing it.

Now I will sometimes use MPEG Stream clip or cleaner or even AfterEffects to prep a clip to the proper dimensions...nice to have a complete toolbox to pick up the pieces that compressor does so poorly.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media

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