I have a somewhat strange request that I'd really appreciate some thoughts on.
I am in the process of doing an offline edit on a short film project, with ProRes 4444 (2048 x 1152) 25fps footage as my source material, from an early edition Arri Alexa. I'm doing the offline in Final Cut Pro 7, with the intention to take a ProRes 4444/ProRes 422 (HQ) file through to something like DaVinci Resolve for the online/grade.
As an aesthetic decision, I am looking present my project in the old fashioned 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio. And, no…despite the fact that Alexa's can now shoot to 4:3 Anamorphic frame, my project was not.
I'm wondering what thoughts people might have about constructing the best quality project settings for 4:3?
Should I preserve the 16:9 (1920 x 1080) ratio of the ProRes codec 4444, and use a 1.33:1 matte, effectively just masking the sides of the frame…. or, should I look to deviate outside the ready-made sequence presets and look at custom options to preserve a square-pixeled 4:3 file?
I know. An HD 4:3 dichotomy. Would really appreciate your thoughts..