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raju bhai
My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 29, 2014 at 4:26:00 pm

Hello,

My video has black space on all four sides, i want it to extend to the edge of the screen on at least 2 of the four sides for maximum viewing. This footage codec was Sorenson Video 3 Decompressor that I transcoded to DV NTSC (720x480, 29.97fps) for editing in FCP7. Then i exported it using Compressor to h.264 for youtube viewing.

Here is a snapshot of the video on Youtube to see what i mean:


Please, any help will be greatly appreciated
thanks!


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John Rofrano
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 30, 2014 at 4:01:00 pm

[raju bhai] "This footage codec was Sorenson Video 3 Decompressor that I transcoded to DV NTSC (720x480, 29.97fps) for editing in FCP7."
I see no one has answered you since yesterday. While I don't use FCP 7 (I use FCP X) I will try and help. Are the black letterbox bars on the top and bottom visible in your FCP7 project? In other words, is your project 4:3 DV or 16:9 DV?

It looks like you transcoded 16:9 video into 4:3 DV and edited it in a 4:3 aspect ratio project. If so, that's what you need to fix. You should have transcoded it to DV Widescreen 16:9 to eliminate the letterbox bars on the top and bottom and edited it as a DV Widescreen project. If you can't go back and fix that then the damage is done. As I said, I don't use FCP 7 so I can't give you the specific steps to fix it (sorry) but I am familiar with the letterboxed footage getting pillar boxed on YouTube.

If you can't go back and fix your project, the best you can do now is crop it to 16:9 in Compressor when you render for YouTube but that's going to take a resolution/quality hit.

~jr

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raju bhai
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 31, 2014 at 5:54:04 pm

Hi,

Yes, the black letterbox bars on all 4 sides are visible in the FCP project as well. I know for a fact that the original footage was in anamorphic 16:9 DV, highest quality HD i believe. But from that original footage, i have a Sorenson Video 3 Decompressor export and that's all I have to work with. But this file is only 660MB for a clip that's just over 6 minutes long! That tells me it's quite a bit compressed. That's my first problem.
The sequence settings of my project are 3:2 (720x480), which matches the source clip I have.....so possibly the problem is with the source clip istelf when I exported it with Sorenson codec from the FCP project about 8 years ago. I don't have the very original footage anymore. When I transcoded this clip couple weeks back, I used the default NTSC DV setting in Compressor.
Should i try a different transcoding codec/setting in compressor and re-transcode the Sorenson source clip i have? It's only one 6 minute clip so easy to re-transcode and then reconnect media in FCP. However, i finished the edit. On the timeline i took this one 6 minute clip and chopped it up quite a bit, slowed down parts and sped up other parts, quite detailed chiseled timing work so that it would sync to the soundtrack (music video). So i'm not sure how well reconnecting the media will work. but i won't be able to recreate this edit from scratch.


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John Rofrano
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Jan 1, 2015 at 7:04:15 am

If the original source video is letterboxed so that the 16:9 video has black bars on top and bottom to fit into a 4:3 frame then there is nothing you can do. The damage was done when you rendered it 8 years ago. You should have rendered it to 16:9, but I guess you know that now.

As I said you could try and scale it up but you may loose too much quality. You can do this in Compressor by selecting a 16:9 render template and using the Crop option to crop the black bars out so that all is left is the 16:9 center video.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Greg Ball
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 30, 2014 at 10:10:32 pm

Hi Raju,
720x480 is not a 16:9 format, so it won't fit the full YouTube Screen. You need a video that's 1280X720 to fit that screen..



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John Rofrano
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:05:16 pm

[Greg Ball] "720x480 is not a 16:9 format"
It is if it's Anamorphic. If the original footage was 16:9 then he could use an NTSC DV Anamorphic project setting to maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio. If the original video was 4:3 letterboxed then he's out of luck.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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Greg Ball
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Dec 31, 2014 at 8:56:08 pm

John, that's true. But it doesn't seem like he created an anamorphic video file.



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John Rofrano
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Jan 1, 2015 at 7:05:37 am

I tend agree Greg after Raju's last answer which leads me to believe the source video is already letterboxed and not anamorphic. That's unfortunate.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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raju bhai
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:29:42 am

My video is 720x480 which is not even 4:3. That's 3:2. But it say the actual is 640x480.
I don't know what to do now. This music video is pretty amazing, catchy and very unique. I think it can win award for sure. However, the quality is compromised now, and that's not going to cut it. It's unfortunate, considering there were no compromises in the filming of it, the quality started out top notch, but somewhere down the line with all the conversions and transcoding that had to take place thanks to systems/platforms never being compatible, now the video quality has deteriorated. I'm not sure how to fix this.


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raju bhai
Re: My video that I exported from FCP7 does not fill youtube screen, black space all around
on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:34:28 am

My video is 720x480 which is not even 4:3. That's 3:2. But it say the actual is 640x480.
I don't know what to do now. This music video is pretty amazing, catchy and very unique. I think it can win awards for sure. However, the quality is compromised now, and that's not going to cut it. It's unfortunate, considering there were no compromises in the filming of it, the quality started out top notch, but somewhere down the line with all the conversions and transcoding that had to take place thanks to systems never being compatible, now the video quality has deteriorated. I'm not sure how to fix this.

My mistake started 8 years ago when i exported the first cut of the video, I used Sorenson Video 3 Decompressor thinking decompressor meant it was uncompressed. So from that point, i'd been working on a poor quality source...i should have never used Sorenson for a music video going to broadcast.


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