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Prevent letterboxing in export

May 28, 2010 10:58 AM

I have a 1440 x 1080 AVCHD (.mts format) clip that I'm trying to edit and export with Premiere Elements 8. I'm just trying to get something of smaller filesize like wmv or mpg it doesn't really matter. However, the final production always has a letterbox. If I do 1.33 pixel ratio (making it 16:9 format) it letterboxes the TOP, BOTTOM, AND SIDES. If I choose 1.0 pixel ratio (making it 4:3 format) it just letterboxes the top and bottom. So obviously this is a widescreen clip, but how can I produce it without letterboxes?

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    May 28, 2010 11:00 AM   in reply to Sboarder1964

    Welcome to the forum.


    What is the Frame Size that you are choosing in Export?


    Your AVCHD material should be Square Pixels, so PAR = 1.0 should be the best, but you will need to choose a setting that matches the Aspect Ratio of your footage.


    Good luck,



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    May 28, 2010 12:00 PM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    In most cases, if you use one of the default export settings, rather than trying to tweak your own aspect ratio, you will get a 4:3 ot 16:9 with no letterboxing.

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