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Hamid Rohi-BilverdyMake regular footage 16:9
by on Jan 10, 2010 at 3:01:14 pm


If I import a regular footage from my phone or DV camera, how can I make the footage 16:9,in after effect so I get the black bars in top and bottom?

Or is this easyier in premier and how so?

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Todd KoprivaRe: Make regular footage 16:9
by on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:49:52 pm

In After Effects, just drag the 4:3 footage into a composition that has the dimensions that you want and use the Fit To Comp Height command to scale the layer to match the vertical dimension of the 16:9 composition. This will leave "bars" on the left and right side.

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Hamid Rohi-BilverdyRe: Make regular footage 16:9
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:51:40 am


Thanks for reply. When you say this will leave "bars" on the left and right side? How come when I want the bars on the top and bottom, just like a widescreen movie.

I have not testet this yet, will do it later today.

Regards H

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Make regular footage 16:9
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:21:13 pm

There are several ways to do this. I will list a couple.

1. In your original composition create a black solid. Mask out a bar shape. Put it at the top. Duplicate it. Put the duplicate at the bottom. (you can also create a Title in Premiere and create black rectangles like this.)

2. Drop your 4:3 footage into a 16:9 comp as Todd suggested, but instead of matching it vertically, scale it so it fills it horizontally. You won't have black bars showing, but you will have proper anamorphic 16:9 like Hollywood DVD's. That way you will get black bars when you play it on an old 4:3 TV, but when you show it on a 16:9 TV it will fill the screen rather than having black on the sides AND top and bottom.

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