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Shaun SinnottHow to fix the aspect ratio, after the edit.
by on Aug 23, 2011 at 2:31:14 am

This one is embarrassing; but I had to edit footage in 4:3 aspect ratio. Normally FCP will ask me if I want to change the sequence settings to match the clip settings this time it did not. Because I knew it was 4:3 footage I changed the sequence settings myself to 4:3 but forgetting to change the pixel aspect ratio in one of the HD choices. Everything looked fine until after I compressed it and brought it into DVD Studio Pro. The picture looked fine except it had two black bars in the left and right side.

I have tried making new timelines in the project and pasting the edited timeline only to get a vertically squeezed 4:3.

Is there any way I can get this footage to look full 4:3?


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Dave LaRondeRe: How to fix the aspect ratio, after the edit.
by on Aug 23, 2011 at 2:49:21 pm

Fix it in FCP.

Make a new sequence, drop a clip onto it, let FCP change the timeline to reflect the clip, and delete the clip. Now copy the original edit timeline, paste it into the new one, and use Remove Attributes to get it right. Then you're good to go to export for use in AE.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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