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Steven Austin
size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 2:11:59 am

Hi,
A client needs a 1920 x 1080 project scaled down to 1440 x 1080. To keep it proportionally correct, it sounds like a letterboxing technique... of which I am woefully uninformed. Does anyone have an easy-to-digest answer? ;) Thanks!

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 2:51:32 am

No it doesn't sound like that... it sounds like HDV. It's still 1080 video when it is that size. The difference between it and 1920 is that the pixels aren't square. They are rectangular. i.e., 1080 HDV is 1440 X 1080.

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Steven Austin
Re: size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:05:27 am

So after I bring it into Compressor, what export settings do you suggest? After it's 1440 they want it all all manner of codecs, for phones & streaming, etc.

(This is the part where I start getting wistful about 35mm film... One size fits all!!!)

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Shane Ross
Re: size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:31:16 am

This is a case in which the clients are woefully misinformed. 1440x1080 is ANAMORPHIC HD...squeezed in order to save on data rate...file sizes. FCP and other NLE's will stretch the image out so you see it as if it were 1920x1080...the full dimensions of HD. 1440x1080 would be 4:3 HD, and that doesn't really exist. 1920x1080 is the proper dimensions for HD. Unless the devices they are outputting to will only display 4:3. IN which case you'd be cropping off the sides...cutting them off. Not letterboxing.

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Steven Austin
Re: size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:39:51 am

Thanks...

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Michael Gissing
Re: size counts -- i.e. how to downscale proportionally
on Mar 9, 2012 at 4:37:01 am

"(This is the part where I start getting wistful about 35mm film... One size fits all!!!)"

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