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Black box around video

Nov 22, 2012 6:14 PM

When I export my video in CS5, A black box forms around the video. 


My source footage is 720 by 480 (not shooting with HD cameras )


I usually export a 720 x 480 footage using apple ipod iphone widescreen settings  H264. and it exports 480 x 270 in size. ( I get the black border with this)


I Just  exported the video using the same size as the source and the black box still appears.


An example can be found here


Is there any setting that I am missing in Premiere pro cs5.


any ideas welcome.



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    Nov 22, 2012 6:20 PM   in reply to fimm-tv

    Your project setting (dimension) is larger than your source footage dimension ...hence you get a postage stamp effect.

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    Nov 23, 2012 12:27 AM   in reply to fimm-tv

    If you want to export at 480 x 270 try creating a sequence that size and nest your main sequence into the new one. You can then scale the original sequence down to fit exactly the way you want 4:3 footage to fit into a 16:9 frame.

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    Nov 23, 2012 8:05 AM   in reply to fimm-tv

    But  the 720 x 480 footage which I exported as 720 x 480 still gave me the same postage stamp effect, which is what I don't get.

    What was the Sequence Preset, chosen for that 720 x 480 footage? The Frame Size of it should match that of your material.


    Good luck,



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    Nov 23, 2012 3:39 PM   in reply to fimm-tv

    If 720X480 widescreen is your footage and also your sequence setting, then is should look right in the program monitor. Does it?


    Perhaps your footage is regular 4:3 DV AVI (0.9091)  and you are putting it on a 16:9 widescreen sequence?


    If so, don't do that . Create the sequence by dropping one of your clips on the to New Item button. That way the sequence will match the footage exactly.

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