WIDESCREEN PROBLEMS!!!HELP URGENTLY NEEDED!!

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  1. gangst macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all,

    I've got a very serious problem. I've been shooting a film for ages with my friends and just got editing it and after editing the the first five minutes I saved it and watched it in Quicktime PLayer in fullscreen. To my despair when we were shooting we didn't shoot in widescreen, just standard and now there is a gap at each edgee of the screen, are there any filters, or work arounds to get the film to spread the whole screen. PLEASE HELP.

    Thanks.
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know crap about video editing, but I do know that the only way you could possibly get a 4:3 recording to 16:9 is to either stretch it and have short fat people, or crop the top and bottom off and have normal people missing feet and heads :eek: :p. Neither of which are very good options.
     
  3. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    He's right you are stuck with 4:3 if you want good quality. :(
     
  4. 3Memos macrumors 6502

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    What camera were you using?
     
  5. dejo Moderator

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    Even if you have a camera that records in 16:9 (~1:1.78) aspect, you will still get some letterboxing when you go fullscreen, unless your display is also perfectly 16:9 aspect ratio. All the new Apple displays are actually 8:5 (1:1.6) ratio. My 22" Cinema Display is actually 1:1.5625. But the letterboxing will probably be barerly noticeable and appears as black bars (very thin ones) top and bottom.
     
  6. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    You can crop the original footage and then output it to the 16:9 ratio, but then re-imorting will get distorted unless you use the anamorphic 16:9 settings in the input.

    Once you have true 16:9 working in Final Cut, you'll need to letterbox if you intend to run to DVD or VHS, otherwise the 16:9 footage will get pulled back to the 4:3 ratio.

    There's a quite comprehensive section about it in the FCP manual, including the steps to letterbox 16:9 into a 4:3 session.

    RTFM.... ;) :D
     

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