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Stephen Nahroniak
4:3 to 16:9 without stretch?
on Feb 7, 2012 at 3:14:18 pm

I have an old on-air video asset that is 4:3 with black sidebars on the side that needs to be published to the web. The client is requesting if it's possible to make this video 16:9 without stretching it. With access to the source file, is it possible to re-export the 4:3 video to 16:9 without compromising the quality? The video is HD. Would I use compressor to do this?

Thanks!


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Joe Barta IV
Re: 4:3 to 16:9 without stretch?
on Feb 7, 2012 at 3:36:22 pm

One option is to zoom in on the frame and crop the top and bottom to fit the 16:9. Another is to use something like Andy's Elastic Aspect (a free plugin) in FCP to adjust how much or how little stretching is done in certain areas of the image. People are used to seeing the elastic aspect effect because it is how home 16:9 TVs treat a 4:3 image to fill the screen.

Joe


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Stephen Nahroniak
Re: 4:3 to 16:9 without stretch?
on Feb 7, 2012 at 4:15:21 pm

Hmm, I tried downloading the plugin and it upon installation it read "wrong file type". What should my sequence settings be if I want to crop to 16:9?


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Stan Koziel
Re: 4:3 to 16:9 without stretch?
on Oct 5, 2012 at 5:49:18 pm

This works. Thank you so much.


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Miguel Costa
Re: 4:3 to 16:9 without stretch?
on Nov 19, 2013 at 1:56:27 am

Hi, not sure if this is the correct place to post, probably not! So sorry

Can anyone tell me if there is a name for this effect look that is (and has been) used when working with 4:3 footage to fill a 16:9 frame.



You are basically copying the last few pixels from the 4:3 frame and pasting them to cover up the black vertical space (in other words, filling up the frame). Obviously a blur has been added to the repeated pixels as not to draw attention away from the original 4:3 image.

I hope this makes sense and i hope my embedded image comes out!


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