FCP, Toast and aspect ratios

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by tmccambridge, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. tmccambridge macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hiya

    I created an animation in After Effects, exported it as a quicktime animation movie with 720x405 dimensions. I then put all my clips together in final cut pro, with settings as 'Custom 16:9', 720x405 DV-PAL.

    I then save my movie out as a Quicktime movie, and when I play it back, it looks fine at the 16:9 aspect ratio etc when I play it back on my mac.

    HOWEVER: When I import it into Toast, it's automatically setting the size to 720x576, and thus when burnt and played back on a computer it plays back at completely the wrong aspect ratio.

    How can I avoid this?

    Any help would be very much appreciated!
     
  2. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

    WinterMute

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    London, England
    #2
    You'll need to export from FCP using the Quicktime Exporter, in the Options window under Movie Settings you'll find a button marked "Size" in there is a check box for "preserve aspect ratio using:" and then a drop down that includes the ever wonderful Letterbox option!!

    Select PAL 720x576 4:3 for dimensions, and then letterbox for preserved aspect ratio, you'll get a new video in 720x576 that plays your original content back correctly letterboxed in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

    I'm not sure which codecs Toast likes, but DV Stream is a good bet, if not H264 is probably your best bet. The problem lies in the way Toast deals with the MPEG2 encoding which must be a 720x576 4:3 aspect image.

    This should cure the problem, or you could simply use iDVD to author your work.
     

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