I have been given video footage and while it is .mov format, I don't know it's native proportions or any information about it and I don't know how to find out so that I can import it properly into Premier Pro and have it scale properly.
I have tried importing it into differently configured sequences and each time, the people look tall and skinny (more so than usual). Sometimes there's a black border on either side, sometimes they fit the frame and are disproportinately tall and skinny. Clearly my ratio or something is off kilter but I can't seem to figure out which is the right size.
How do I find that out?
ok, I had been told it was not shot in high def...but on a hunch, I tried HDV 720p and it imported proportionally. So my question still stands...how the heck can I tell before I use the file, what it was shot in so I can match my sequence appropriately?
Import the file to Premiere, then right click and select 'Properties...'.
There are also free media analysis tools available for download
When you create a new project you are presented
with a menu of sequence settings to choose from.
You can skip this step by hitting "Cancel", then import your media
and create the type of sequence that best suits your footage.
And to best understand what is happening, watch this:
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I agree with Joe's suggestion on finding the properties of the file with G-Spot, or MediaInfo. Especialy with MOV files, one can also get the properties from QuickTime Player Pro (US$29 upgrade/unlock) by loading the MOV file and hitting Ctrl+J.
The Drop on New Item icon takes a lot of the "math" out of the equation, as the New Sequence will be created based on the properties of that file. However, I also like to know the properties of files that have been provided to me - just curiosity, I suppose.
This is perfect, Joe! Thank you for the tutorial, that's EXACTLY what I needed.
Bill, thank you as well, that's ALSO excellent information.
I'm sure i"m not the first person to ask this question and I won't be the last. Your answers have been very helpful!
I'm sure i"m not the first person to ask this question and I won't be the last.
You are correct. In one form, or another, this general question has been asked for most versions of PrPro. As of CS5, things have gotten easier, but still there are questions. That's why Joe did that image, and I have incorporated it into a few articles, plus added to several threads.
>Thank you for the tutorial
Here's a bunch more...
A "crash course" http://forums.adobe.com/thread/761834?tstart=0
A Video Primer for Premiere http://forums.adobe.com/thread/498251?tstart=0
Premiere Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/thread/424009
CS5 Premiere Pro Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/message/2738611
CS5 Tutorials http://bellunevideo.com/tutlist.php
Tutorial HD to SD w/CS4 http://bellunevideo.com/tutorials/CS4_HD2SD/CS4_HD2SD.html
Premiere Pro Wiki http://premierepro.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Color correction http://forums.adobe.com/thread/892861?tstart=0
Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798?tstart=0
-Too Large = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/879967?tstart=0
After Effects Tutorials http://www.videocopilot.net/
Encore Tutorial http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/encore-tutorial/
And more Encore http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/
Surround Sound http://forums.adobe.com/thread/517372