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16:9 uses 720 x 480 resolution with a Pixel Aspect Ratio (PAR) of 1.2. Use those figures to set up your outside graphs and charts.
I don't believe Premiere has a "4:3 safe zone" built in, but you may be able to build one in Photoshop and bring that into Premiere as a graphic.
4:3 material can be handled in one of two ways. Leave it 4:3 with black bars on the sides, or zoom in so it fills the screen left to right. This last option will cut off the top and bottom, however, and you will take a small hit in quality with the scaling.
Premiere Pro does have a safe title overlay; simply hit the "'" (apostrophe) key on your keyboard. Also, the button on the program or source monitor that looks like a box with a crosshair is the safe title.
That would bring up the 16:9 safe zone, not a 4:3 safe zone.
I use safe zones built in PhotoShop (.psd)that I temporarily overlay on 16:9 projects
> I use safe zones built in PhotoShop ...
That's an interesting idea, Craig. How did you derive the "safe zones" for these -- what are the dimensions?
Originally I found them (via Google) on a BBC website ( I think) and modified them for my own purposes. They were overly complex initially so I "pulled" the apropriate layers as something workable for the purpose in Premiere.
I could post them up somewhere if someone wanted to host them.
Oh, I think I know the page:
I referenced this in a (rather heated) debate on this forum about aspect ratio conversion.
That's a great chart (and info) for PAL. I live in America, so it's not so useful for me day-to-day. I could derive an NTSC chart for this, I suppose, but I'm not in the mood for math today :)
"Trace" the safe areas in Tilter Window using rectangles.
Place in timeline
Export frame to Photoshop
Recreate as PSD