fce - faking widescreen with crops and drops1

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by rebequahclaire, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. rebequahclaire macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2009
    Hi edit wizards. I'm a FCE beginner and I'm editing a long two camera sequence and one camera is very wide and has too much head space to intercut well. I want to avoid zooming because of loss of quality.

    Had the idea to crop the wide footage at the top then reposition (slide up) the image to top of screen -then add fake wide screen i.e black mask at top and bottom. For the other camera - this will be a simple mask top and bottom (no repositioning). This way i achieve a cool overall widescreen 'look' and the eye is more focused on the good stuff. Is this possible?

    (I know about cropping - the question is is frame repositioning an option - and can it be a preset to use as required).

    I welcome your advise! Much appreciated.
  2. evil_santa macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2003
    London, England
  3. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    There's a filter in Final Cut Express called "Widescreen".

    You have a super widescreen option on it. Also, if you ended up needing to, you can reposition the frame (by moving the original image up or down without affecting the Widescreen Mask)

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