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Aspect Ratios & Resolutions

Apr 27, 2013 8:02 PM

I'm trying to understand, why is it if I have a 1920x1080 file and I convert it for SD broadcast to Mpeg 2 (720 x 480) with a 4:3 aspect ratio, it is letter boxed. But if I try to export that same footage SD broadcast to Mpeg 2 (720 x 480) with a 16:9 aspect ratio it is either window boxed or pillar boxed.


I'm bit confused because they say that all Hd formats are shot in a 16x9 aspect ratio.


The Second question I also have is if you broadcast one of the HD formats in HD on a High Def TV, will it be fullscreen or Widescreen.

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    Apr 27, 2013 9:45 PM   in reply to ksemple

    Well, you are missing something critically important. The shape of the pixels.


    A 1920X1080 frame uses square pixels. In a 720X480 4:3 frame they are rectangular in that they are taller than they are wide. In a 720X480 widescreen they are wider than they are tall.


    If you export your 1920X1080 to MPEG2 (and I hope it is for a DVD because otherwise you should probably be using H.264) you should set the frame for Widescreen using a pixel aspect ratio of 1.212


    You may still have black bars, just slivers really, on each side so you may want to "Scale to Fill".

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