Your project setting (dimension) is larger than your source footage dimension ...hence you get a postage stamp effect.
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.
Thanks for the resoponse. 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.
Does the issue for this lie in the sequence also?
The camera settings are set to widescreen 16:9.
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.
This is the preset chosen
Editing mode: DV NTSC
Frame size: 720h 480v (1.2121)
Frame rate: 29.97 frames/second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1/DV NTSC Widescreen 16:9 (1.2121)
Fields: Lower Field First
Sample rate: 32000 samples/second
Total video tracks: 3
Master track type: Stereo
Mono tracks: 0
Stereo tracks: 3
5.1 tracks: 0
Submix mono tracks: 0
Submix stereo tracks: 0
Submix 5.1 tracks: 0
I think I will play around with the presets and see which ones will work fine. My concern is trying to scale down it seens that I am losing quality. I thouight that should happen if I am trying to scale down?
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.