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Dan Newton
4x3 to 16 x9
on Jan 5, 2010 at 6:12:53 pm

Hey

I have a question

I was given a tvc which is 4x3 but the client wants the footage in 16 x 9
now i know i need to put anamorphic bars on them as i cant stretch it as it will look dreadful.

what i need to know is this correct ---

can i USE 1:85:1 BARS

Please Advise


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Dave LaRonde
Re: 4x3 to 16 x9
on Jan 5, 2010 at 6:40:13 pm

Considering all the information you gave us about the tools you have at your disposal, I'm inclined to tell you to tape black construction paper on everybody's TV set. Voila! Letterboxing!

Can you tell us what you're working with, hmmmmm?

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dan Newton
Re: 4x3 to 16 x9
on Jan 5, 2010 at 7:23:53 pm

Hey

thanks for getting back to me --- I am working with 720 x 576 Pal

so when i asked around they said I should just apply the 1:85:1 bar on the footage will that be ok?

Please Advise as thisi s the first time i am doing this...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: 4x3 to 16 x9
on Jan 5, 2010 at 11:15:00 pm

If the spot is for standard-definition 4x3 broadcast, you'll have to letterbox it. I presume it's in the can.

If so, it's just a quick trip to After Effects, where you can scale the footage to fit a PAL DV widescreen comp side-to side. Hold keyframes will help you correct for vertical positioning on cuts. Then simply nest the comp inside a 4x3 PAL SD comp, scale it to fit side-to-side, and poof! Perfectly letterboxed 16x9 video inside a 4x3 screen.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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