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Alex Rudy
FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 7, 2018 at 2:16:35 am

Hello, one and all
I have a mix of files from a Sony Handicam at 720 x 480 and footage from a Samsung phone set at 1280 x 720. Edited.all of it down. As I've done in the past, I exported the project as .mov thru Qucktime.
Unfortunately, the aspect ratio came out full frame. I have repeatedly tinkered with some custom settings, selecting 16:9, 720p (1280x720) with mixed results. Either the full frame or too much letterboxing stretching out the video.
Is there another way to get the right aspect ratio? Did I miss a step in the beginning? Or is it something else?
Thanks in advance, everyone.


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Shane Ross
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 7, 2018 at 6:24:04 pm

What are your sequence settings?

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Alex Rudy
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 8, 2018 at 2:35:05 am

frame size: 720x480 NTSC DV (3:2)
pixel aspect ratio: NTSC-CCIR 601/DV (720x480)
field dominance: lower even
editing timebase 29.97
quicktime video settings: DV/DVCPRO- NTSC
audio: Rate: 48kHz
Depth: 16-bit
config: Channel grouped


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Shane Ross
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 9, 2018 at 8:12:45 am

Your sequence is set to full frame SD. Best export option would be straight up FILE>EXPORT>QT MOVIE...check MAKE SELF CONTAINED. This will export a QT movie with the dimensions of the sequence, and should be what you are seeing when you edit. If you try to export HD...that's blowing up the sequence, and stretching it out to 16:9...when it's a 4:3 sequence

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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 9, 2018 at 2:31:26 pm

my guess is your sequence is anamorphic.
which means it's a 4/3 sequence which is *stretched in the display* to 16/9

i *think* the numbers you want are 1024x480
BUT i live and work in PAL land so those numbs may not be accurate
maybe do some more research?
or try it and see.

i might do as Shane suggest and export as self contained,
then take the file into compressor, and covert to a 16/9 square pixel file.
640x360 perhaps, or 960x540
but a fair bit rests on what your actually delivery is.
is this for broadcast, web. etc?


cheers,
nick


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Alex Rudy
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 9, 2018 at 7:36:58 pm

Thanks so much, everyone.
I attempted changing the aspect through the motion settings, but the expotetd file glitches. Weird.
I will have to try your tips. Thanks again.


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Alex Rudy
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 10, 2018 at 12:24:34 am

Thanks so much, everyone.
I attempted changing the aspect through the motion settings, but the expotetd file glitches.
Weird.

To answer previous post, my original intention was for the entire project to be 1280×720. It's just my vacation video, so it's for personal viewing. But still... Didn't realize I'd run into this.
I know what I need to do in the future. My mistake was putting a still image and title first and FCP stuck with those dimensions. I guess.

Never used Compressor before. What am I doing once I get in there? It's confusing. Can't find the pixel setting.
Thanks


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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 10, 2018 at 8:22:03 am

[Alex Rudy] "My mistake was putting a still image and title first and FCP stuck with those dimensions. I guess."

yep that was a bug in FCP7.0
is it to hard to go back and re-do as 1280x720?

nick


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Shane Ross
Re: FCP 7 Aspect ratio issue exporting QuickTime movie
on Sep 10, 2018 at 4:59:34 pm

Well, you can't just take your 4:3 rectangular pixel video and make it 16:9 square and have it look right. This is something you'll need to fix on the timeline. You'll have to choose an Easy Setup that is ProRes 720p, 29.97. Copy and Paste your sequence into this...and then manually fix every shot. OR...fix one, and then copy and paste the attributes to the others.

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