Re: help with 16:9 pan-scan by Leigh Thomas on Mar 31, 2006 at 6:00:14 pm
When you see movies sold as Full-Frame, that is a movie that is Pan and Scan. I have never really understood it because you don't get to see all of the sceen as it was shot, but some people don't like the letterbox bars at the top and don't know what they are missing. Hollywood movies that are shown on regular TV are generally in the Pan and Scan mode (Full Frame.)
Technically, if you were given the parameters, you could import the numbers for the Pan and Scan and make your movie for Full Screen as well using the same video.
This is never done even by big name Hollywood Studios. If one of your client's ever wants a Full-Frame movie, they need to go into an edit bay and create a Pan and Scan Master.
Sometimes the action would get cut off if you simply extracted the center of a 16x9 movie, so, in the edit bay, they digitally add a fake camera pan over to keep the action centered.
Basically, if you are authoring a DVD of a 16x9 movie, don't ever let the attributes be Pan and Scan or Letterbox. Always choose Letterbox only! If you don't change this, if the person watching the movie, has their DVD player setup for Pan and Scan, they will in fact watch the movie in a Full Frame mode, but the DVD player will choose how. I believe that the DVD player will usually just keep the upper left hand corner in place and crop from there. It certainly won't do any "panning."
This was probably more information than you wanted but hopefully, it helped.