I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS 4.2.1, and I have an issue I am not sure how to handle. My short film was shot in 1920x1280 at 23.976fps. It was shot with a 2:35 aspect ratio in mind, so I have an 816 matte that I've put over the timeline, but the export is in 1920x1080. This matte covers the boom mic since we knew the aspect ratio when shooting.
I have a distribution company that wants an export with all active pixels, so no black bars. But if I take them out, the mic will show. How can I handle this? What should I export it as if the matte was taken off? 1920 x 816?
The project settings are:
general:desktop, 23.976fps, 1920x1080, square (1.0) for pixel aspect ratio, and 24fps timeline for display format.
Here's the movie with the black bars:
Any help would be really appreciated, thank you!
I would place the 1080 footage into a 1280x720 sequence, then scale the footage down until you are showing as much of the frame as possible but still hiding the boom mic. Most web HD video is 1280x720 (at least for now).
For pure web/browser delivery you can export out at 1920 x 816. This will give you the necessary crop, but without any black bars.
VOD may be another story. I'd be surprised to find any system that didn't conform to the video standard of 1920 x 1080 with the black bars. So you may want to ask them about that.
Thanks for the help, and sorry for the delay. So after trying the suggestions, I found the best route was to make a 1920x816 sequence, and then drop my original timeline into it. It cropped automatically what was needed, didn't need any black bar matte in there, so that solved that. The only problem is the export, and how adobe automatically puts black bars on the export. How do I solve that? In how it looks original it's perfect, yet the output slaps black bars on it. The only one that lets me keep the export at 1920x9816 is the F4v(FLV) format, and the export doesn't have black bars. But I need something higher quality and in either quicktime or an avi through h264. But those will keep the 1920, but not let me change the height to 816.