I am working on a TV series that I filmed in native 16:9 (dvcam) using the 16:9 frame guides in the camera, and I have to deliver the program letterboxed. The first season I just did an "image re-size" in AVID to 76% with good results. My question is is this the best way of making a letterboxed image for tv? I have a concern (resolution) for viewers who have widescreen TVs and how this may appear to them, thanks in advance dt
It all depends on how the viewers at home have their HD TV sets adjusted.
If they have 'em set up to show a 16x9 picture no matter what, your letterboxed video won't look any more distorted than full-screen 4x3 would look, but the picture would be understandably long & skinny. If they have sets adjusted to show 4x3 video in a 4x3 aspect ratio, the viewable picture will be in 16x9, but it'll be understandably smaller.