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Ron Fenley,
Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 1, 2012 at 7:56:59 pm

Whats the best way to convert an HD project that was shot 16:9 with a 4x3 window for shot framing. Client want to put this in a 4x3 window on the internet.


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Tony Brittan
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:49:42 pm

Drop the finished 16:9 master into a 4:3 timeline and increase the scale until it fills the frame. Render and export. I would use a Prores 4:3 timeline.


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Shane Ross
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:17:13 am

Note: There is no such thing as 4:3 HD...so the timeline will pretty much have to be SD.

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Tony Brittan
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:22:47 am

Sorry...I guess I assumed they knew that Shane :-) But yea...that's why I suggested Prores...at least it'll be better than NTSC.


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Ron Fenley,
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:29:52 am

Haven't shot it yet. Was considering just shooting the 42 spots all in SD and call it a day but I'm shooting with white background and using luminance key to swap out the white bg with white slug. Works good in HD. Not so good in SD.

Really appreciate the advice. Think I want to let their web guys worry about the 4x3 conversion. Knuckleheads. I'm supposed to start shooting tomorrow and they just told me about the 4x3 stuff. Thanks again my friend. I owe you one.

-- ron


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Ron Fenley,
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 12:20:45 am

Don't see an Apple Pro Res 4:3 option.


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Phil Smith
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 1:07:03 am

I believe what you are looking for is "Apple ProRes 422 NTSC 48 kHz". Once you pick that setting, you should see the frame size of your sequence change to 720 x 486. Good luck!

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Phil Smith
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Jeff Meyer
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 3:37:36 am

If it's going to web wouldn't 640x480 (or better yet - the final video size) using a square pixel aspect ratio be the correct choice?


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Joseph Owens
Re: Converting 16:9 to 4x3
on Oct 2, 2012 at 3:15:54 pm

[Jeff Meyer] "If it's going to web wouldn't 640x480 (or better yet - the final video size) using a square pixel aspect ratio be the correct choice?
"


Yes, you're in for a world of hurt now.

You want to be hexadecimal compatible (everything divisible by 16) if you want a clean web presence. So you will likely wind up in a 480P format, whatever the pixel aspect ratio might be that you negotiate and finally cram into the "standard" NTSC frame.

jPo

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