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Greg Barringer
16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:17:35 pm

I did a search with no luck. The sequence is 16:9, 720P. I'll burn both 16:9 BD and cropped 4:3 DVD. I have that part working very well.

Is there a way to show the 4:3 safe area in the Canvas? Similar to using guide lines in Photoshop? It would make the placement of media easier for the cropped 4:3 version. Sometimes things are cut off in the 4:3 version that I'd like to show like still photographs. I'm using FCP7.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:32:26 pm

http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/dh_guides

Might be just what you need - it's free and I'll bet you could get it to be setup for what you need.

The same site offers this too: http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/dh_widesafe Not free, but is exactly what you're looking for. Seems to me you could create a photoshop graghic that would also work, but there's not one of these built into FCP.

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Greg Barringer
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:56:58 pm

Jerry,

You gave me an idea. In Photoshop I made two vertical red lines and saved it as a layered .psd file. In Motion I showed just the layer with the lines and imported it into FCP. I have it on the top video track and it's working. I'll delete it when the layout is complete.

I tried importing the .psd file into FCP but the background was white even though the background was set to transparent. I'm not sure how a Motion file will affect the resources of the computer but I'll delete the track before I start much editing.


Thanks so much for your help. I'll check out your links too.
Greg


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Andy Mees
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:58:12 pm

theres a free guides plugin here too: http://web.me.com/andymees


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Greg Barringer
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 2:14:26 pm

Thanks Andy this will also work very well.


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Greg Barringer
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 2:12:31 pm

Jerry, I downloaded the DH guides. They are perfect for what I wanted.
Thanks again.


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Arnie Schlissel
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 4:15:35 pm

[Greg Barringer] "I'm using FCP7."

The title safety guides in FCP 7 already have 4:3 markers in 16:9 canvas and viewer windows.

Arnie

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Greg Barringer
Re: 16:9 sequence, 4:3 safe area guides lines
on Feb 20, 2010 at 4:26:03 pm

I wondered about that. I saw them but wasn't sure if that's what they were for.

Thank You,
Greg


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