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Mike Alexander
Coverting 16x9 to 4x3 letterbox then to tape
on Mar 10, 2010 at 6:45:09 pm

Just wondering if coverting a 16x9 digital file to 4x3 letterbox with Quicktime or another transcoding program has any perils involved - especially regarding mastering it to tape (Final Cut.) Is this an accepted industry practice nowadays?


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Jason Jenkins
Re: Coverting 16x9 to 4x3 letterbox then to tape
on Mar 10, 2010 at 9:18:12 pm

It's better to do it with hardware, like a Kona card, as you output to tape. If you are going from 24p to 29.97, then make sure you get the proper pulldown applied. Is this for broadcast?

Jason Jenkins

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Joey Burnham
Re: Coverting 16x9 to 4x3 letterbox then to tape
on Mar 10, 2010 at 9:38:06 pm

Kona card works but the easy way to do it in FCP is just in the motion tab. Double-click your footage and in the distort panel under aspect ratio type in -33. You don't really lose any quality.
Joey


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Mike Alexander
Re: Coverting 16x9 to 4x3 letterbox then to tape
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:29:28 pm

Thanks. That's what I had in mind and it came out fine. It looks good on tape as well (Digi and BetaSP.) Mostly, I wanted to know if anyone has had problems doing this so I know what to look out for - Flickering, Pixelation, etc.


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Joey Burnham
Re: Coverting 16x9 to 4x3 letterbox then to tape
on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:32:23 pm

[Mike Alexander] " Mostly, I wanted to know if anyone has had problems doing this so I know what to look out for - Flickering, Pixelation, etc."

I've never had problems. Technically you aren't losing any pixels / resolution. All you would be doing is an uncompressed render if you are working in 10 bit. (No render in 8)

Joey




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