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Gabriel Zybutz
High Resolution 4:3 video?
on May 13, 2015 at 11:15:06 am
Last Edited By Gabriel Zybutz on May 13, 2015 at 3:23:14 pm

Hi,

I know very little about aspect ratio and have created a 640 by 480 (4:3) composition, but it seems too low a resolution. I am trying to achieve a similar visual effect to that of films such as Fish Tank and Wuthering Heights (2011). I usually film in uhd and downscale to 1080, and I scaled down the footage to fit the 4:3 composition but it seems a lower resolution or like I've lost much of the image quality.

Here's an example of my video:





For this example I edited in 4:3 and exported to 1080 for youtube so that you can see it, but I think that's going about it in the wrong way.

Any suggestions appreciated (and also any general cinematographic suggestions because I'm not very experienced)

Thanks


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Eric Strand
Re: High Resolution 3:4 video?
on May 13, 2015 at 1:43:44 pm

640x480 is standard definition video with an aspect ratio of 4x3. 1920x1080 has a 16x9 aspect ratio and is HD. Based on your question it sounds like you exported at 640x480, then upscaled back to 1080 when you compressed for YouTube. You took out a ton of resolution when you went to 640x480, which is why you lost image quality. If you want a 1080 video with a 4x3 aspect ratio you would have to put your sequence settings at 1440x1080.

@ericstrand11


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Gabriel Zybutz
Re: High Resolution 3:4 video?
on May 13, 2015 at 3:21:43 pm

Perfect! I didn't realise 1440x1080 was 4x3. Thanks a bunch.


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Eric Strand
Re: High Resolution 3:4 video?
on May 13, 2015 at 3:45:20 pm

You're welcome. If you needed to figure out a different resolution, take your height/3 * 4. So in this case 1080/3 = 360 * 4 = 1440.

4/3 = 1.33
1440/1080 = 1.33

@ericstrand11


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