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Karl Soehnlein
BR-HD50 letterbox issue
on Apr 17, 2008 at 5:52:55 am

I am trying to make a timecode window dub of footage that I shot at 480/24p 16:9. The footage looks fine if viewed on a 16:9 monitor, but is squeezed horizontally on a 4:3 monitor.

When I'm making a dub of 720/24p 16:9 HD footage, the BR-HD50 simply letterboxes the footage on a 4:3 monitor during the downconvert. However, I can't seem to get the letterbox effect with SD footage.

I have the "monitor out aspect" (0408) set to letterbox and it doesn't do anything.

Any help would be appreciated.

Karl Soehnlein
Reel Wave Media


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johnny clark
Re: BR-HD50 letterbox issue
on Apr 17, 2008 at 8:32:08 pm

Are you archiving, dubbing, printing??
Are you using a software based editor? (final cut, adobe)
It's always a matter of settings when 'letterboxing' is used.
Are you printing to tape from the computer or from a camera?
Sounds like your box is trying to cram 720x480 into 640x480.
Let me do some digging and I'll try to see what you're up against.
Keep us posted in the mean time!

Johnny C


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Karl Soehnlein
Re: BR-HD50 letterbox issue
on Apr 17, 2008 at 8:38:43 pm

Direct dub from BR-HD50 to DVD recorder. No software or computers involved.

Tried every combination of menu settings imaginable with no luck.

Because of time constraints, I ended up dubbing the footage squeezed. The client fortunately has a widescreen TV, so it will work allright.

From now on if I shoot 24p, I'll shoot HD and then downconvert so I don't have this problem.

Karl Soehnlein
Reel Wave Media


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