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scott sullivanMeshing SD with widescreen
by on Feb 19, 2011 at 1:24:37 pm

I'm hoping someone can help me with this issue? I have both Vegas and Adobe AE as tools to deal with this problem.

I have some chroma key footage shot in SD, that I want to intersperse with some widescreen stock footage.

What is the best way to get rid of the black bars? Should it be done with the greenscreen SD footage or with the widescreen footage - and how is it to be done?

any help would be very appreciated,


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Joey ForemanRe: Meshing SD with widescreen
by on Feb 19, 2011 at 2:47:55 pm

Not sure I understand the question. Once you've keyed the sd footage, you're free of the constraints of aspect ratio. Your composition resolution should be based on the widescreen footage. By the way, when you say widescreen, do you mean HD 16:9, or SD widescreen?
In either case, there should be no "black bars" to speak of.

But if by "chromakey footage" you mean that the shot has already been keyed and composited over a background plate, then it seems that your main comp should be 4:3 SD letterboxed to accommodate the widescreen material, be it HD scaled down or SD.

In this scenario, you create a 4:3, 720x480 comp which fits the non widescreen shot. Drop in the widescreen footage and scale it so that it's letterboxed inside the comp. This letterboxing will be your guide to create a masked solid above for the non widescreen material, so that it has the same letterboxing. You can change its position vertically for the best fit.

Now you can intercut it with the widescreen shots, but your finished piece will be letterboxed throughout.

By the way, if you're not needing any additional compositing or fx work, all of this can be done, I'm sure, in Vegas.

Joey Foreman
Editor/Compositor/VFX Artist

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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Meshing SD with widescreen
by on Feb 19, 2011 at 3:40:05 pm

I do not understand the problem- you have chroma in SD, you key out the color of the chroma and you get a subject with alpha. You composite that on top of widescreen bk and you get a widescreen final composite.... where do the black side columns come into the picture?

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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scott sullivanRe: Meshing SD with widescreen
by on Feb 19, 2011 at 6:23:06 pm

thanks guys. I wasn't thinking clearly this morning and i see now that this isn't a problem at all.

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