This is the issue: Present project is (mostly) P2 card media. Footage was shot DVCPRO HD 720p60, 960x720. I've loads of quicktimes for this.
Shooter also recorded one take to tape, and after capturing (somewhere else, don't have a clue) exported out a quicktime at 720x480 - BUT,
must have checked an anamorphic setting because the video is squeezed and barred top and bottom.
Now, I can reexport and change the dimensions to correct the distortion, but I'm still left with the bars.
Also, is that the best way to correct for this, or am I better off just importing into my project and "distorting the aspect ratio" and resizing to get the clip to match the others in the project?
I don't have time to have the shooter fix it at his end.
Using distort (and possibly scaling) is probably the easiest way. Of course, this clip is probably SD and may not match your other HD clips. You might try doing the distort in Compressor and turn on Frame Controls and use the highest-quality setting for re-sizing. Compressor will do a better job of scaling than FCP. If the frame rates and/or codecs are different, then change that, too, in Compressor. For changing frame rates choose the highest-quality (in Frame Controls) for rate conversion.
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