5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 10, 2012 1:11 PM by Jim Curtis RSS

    How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?

    VidNoob

      Just wondering what special things need to be done so that when playing on  4:3, it looks fine but ill auto upscale on HD TV (Anamorphic)? I'll be using Encore to burn the DVD by the way. Also i should add that i am working with SD footage and need to make it fit the action safe areas, but if played in a 16:9 I would like it to upscale with black bars on the side.

        • 1. Re: How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?
          Ann Bens CommunityMVP

          I would not fil the frame to fit the action save but fill the whole frame. You will end up with black bars all around.

          The way a 4:3 dvd is presented on a widescreen tv is determend by the dvd player and tv settings.

          • 2. Re: How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?
            VidNoob Community Member

            Hi ann, I burned a dvd yesterday with the footage and played on my 4:3 TV and the edge of the screen was basically right at default action safe lines in Premiere, so I am judging what to do only based of what i saw. Some of the footage is framed where you really need to see the absolute entirety of the edges. I also tried it on my friends widescreen and the bars on the side were there , top and bottom fit fine, but I noticed that in the beginning, some mpg videos we put in the timeline were actually dipping outside of the entire frame itself, so I re checked the timeline and they were indeed framed properly and that should not have been happening. Yet the rest of the film was framed just fine while watchign, I have no clue why only those videos on the timeline would have bled off the frame (like i scaled them a bit too big, but I in fact did not).

             

            I guess I should maybe burn 2 types of DVD's then, if I know the person has a 4:3 TV I can scale the entire project to fit action safe?

            • 3. Re: How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?
              JSS1138 Community Member

              Some of the footage is framed where you really need to see the absolute entirety of the edges.

               

              That is a mistake on the part of the camera operator.

               

              Fire him and reshoot properly.

              • 4. Re: How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?
                Ann Bens CommunityMVP

                It very normal for a tv to cut of edges, this is called overscan. Some tv's do it more than others.

                On the web or pc you wont see this cropping.

                When filming or making photografs you have to take this in account: so important stuff is not to be put too close to the edges.

                You need to be sure the video fits the frame, if its too large you can scale it down.

                • 5. Re: How to properly author a project/dvd that plays well in both widescreen and standard formats?
                  Jim Curtis Community Member

                  You don't need to do anything special for a 4x3 DVD to be displayed correctly on a 16x9 monitor.  The pillarbox will be added automagically.

                   

                  Test for yourself.  Rent a DVD of The Honeymooners from Blockbuster, and play it on any 16x9 TV.  If the TV isn't doing any special scaling (which is possible on many of them), you should see the pillarbox and correct proportions.

                   

                  Simply author your SD DVD as if you were making any SD 4x3, and let the player do the rest.

                   

                  VidNoob wrote:

                   

                  Just wondering what special things need to be done so that when playing on  4:3, it looks fine but ill auto upscale on HD TV (Anamorphic)? I'll be using Encore to burn the DVD by the way. Also i should add that i am working with SD footage and need to make it fit the action safe areas, but if played in a 16:9 I would like it to upscale with black bars on the side.

                   

                  If your SD source is anamorphic, you tell Encore that by setting the proper PAR in the Interpret Footage settings BEFORE you make a Timeline out of it.  Check the Timeline settings in the Project panel to make sure it says "16x9."

                   

                  Then, Encore will make a "squished" DVD, but the player will unsquish it.