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Jeff Pulera
Re: DVD Cropping Issue
on Nov 25, 2009 at 1:40:37 pm

This sounds very much like the Overscan area is cut off. This is normal. The editing software, and computer playback of DVD, may show the entire frame, but television sets always cut some of the edges off, this is completely normal. If TVs showed every pixel, then many might show beyond the edge of the image, so there is some overlap of the bezel around the screen to keep this from happening.

In the titler of your NLE, you may have noticed a box running around the outer area of the preview image, this shows the "Safe Area", meaning titles should not go beyond the lines or they may get cut off upon broadcast.

Video 101 dictates that when shooting, never put the subject too close to the edge of the screen, you must keep all areas of interest properly framed. If the video was shot too "tight", there is not much you can do about it in post production.

If you provide more information about the video, such as was it shot as 4:3 or 16:9, SD or HD, etc., there may be other issues to look at in the production process, but I don't know anything of your workflow at this point.

Jeff Pulera
Safe Harbor Computers

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