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Maura Cunningham
4:1 aspect ratio on a dvd?
on Feb 7, 2011 at 2:30:53 pm

Hi all
I have been asked to create a dvd for a banner screen with dimensions of 320x80 pixels. I am working in Final Cut and trying to export through compressor. However, as soon as I choose mpeg2 pal as my file format the dimensions for the frame size in the inspector black out and I cannot change the aspect ratio. Is there a way to do this at all?
Thanks - and heres hoping!


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Jason Brown
Re: 4:1 aspect ratio on a dvd?
on Feb 7, 2011 at 3:41:37 pm

The DVD video specification (NTSC) only allows for ONE frame dimension - 720x480. That has EITHER a pixel aspect ratio of .9 (4x3) or 1.2 (16x9).

To accomplish what u need go do...you need to create a seq in fcp that is one of these settings, with black filling in the areas u don't want an image.

This is to make a DVD video, this could also be done using a media player of some kind...


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Maura Cunningham
Re: 4:1 aspect ratio on a dvd?
on Feb 7, 2011 at 4:26:58 pm

Thanks Jason. I'm going to try building the clip in a 320x80 sequence then dropping that into a normal 720x576 (I'm in pal world). That should give me the required black that you mention - I hope! Cheers for reply.


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: 4:1 aspect ratio on a dvd?
on Feb 8, 2011 at 2:21:52 am

That's exactly what to do.

Best,

Jeff G

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