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Tanel Tooming
Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 29, 2014 at 9:56:55 pm

Finding solution for this quest has been impossible, because every time I have searched for it, there will be videos about "how to change/stretch 4:3 videos to 16:9" only. So I figured that I could find the answer here.

I have a video clip with aspect ratio of 16:9 what I want to stretch back into 4:3 so bad. I'd like to know if this kind of operation can be done with Vegas 11? If not, please suggest other ways for making it.

Tanel


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Graham Bernard
Re: Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 30, 2014 at 5:04:38 am

You have 2 final outcomes:

1/- Letterbox - Black bars above and below

or

2/- Crop to 4:3 - this will give you the central portion of the previous 16:9 and you'll loose the areas outside this central area.

Which do you prefer?

Grazie

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John Rofrano
Re: Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 30, 2014 at 12:19:07 pm

As Graham said you can letterbox or crop. To letter box just drop your 16:9 media into 4:3 project and Vegas Pro will letterbox it for you (this is the default behavior). If you want to crop, just open Event Pan/Crop and right-click the windows and select Match Output Aspect and your 16:9 event will be cropped to the 4:3 project.

There is a third option which is to stretch the 16:9 event to be taller so that it matches the 4:3 ratio. This must be done at the Track level. Open up Track Motion and disable Lock Aspect Ratio and resize the 16:9 media to fill the 4:3 frame. Everything will be tall and thin but there will be no black bars from letterboxing and no loss of picture data from cropping. (i think it looks bad but some people watch TV like this all the time)

~jr

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Tanel Tooming
Re: Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:20:36 pm

Thank you for answering and solving the issue. The Track Motion change was the method I was looking for.


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John Rofrano
Re: Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:56:22 pm

Great! Glad that was what you were looking for.

~jr

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Tanel Tooming
Re: Changing/Stretching aspect ratio of 16:9 to 4:3 with Sony Vegas.
on Mar 30, 2014 at 2:16:46 pm

Thank you for your reply. I've tried to letterbox and cropping it, but in the end the result didn't match expectations. However, John's third option was the method what I was looking for.


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