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Aidan Locascio
Stretching When Exporting
on Jan 18, 2011 at 6:06:51 am

Basically I am trying to make a video with footage from a video game, and when I export shorter videos using only one clip it comes out fine. But the problem arises when I compile multiple clips together, and export them. When I am only using one video it exports fine using the HDV 1080i50 compression to 16:9 with out the bars at the top and bottom. But when I try to export a video that has multiple clips it has bars at the top and bottom, and looks basically stretched. In the canvas it also looks fine as far as the dimensions go and no letterboxing occurs. The original format for the video clips is also HDV 1080i50 compression if that helps. I am running Final Cut Pro 7.
For reference videos:
This is what I get with a single video clip
YouTube - FFA Streak

This is the effect with multiple clips
YouTube - Joyeux Noél

As you can see I get the letter boxing and it is really unattractive in comparison to to the actual 16:9 dimensions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Rafael Amador
Re: Stretching When Exporting
on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:55:50 pm

Hi Aldan,
HDV is 1440x1080 (or so) HD pixels.
Computers uses Squared pixels.
To export your 16x9 clip to be properly displayed on a computer, you need:
- Keep that 16x9 proportion.
You need to set sizes like: 1920 x1080, 1290 x 720, 1024 x 576,..
- Use Squared Pixels.

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