What did you record 720 x 480 4:3 or 720 x 480 16:9 Widescreen. As a reminder, they both are described 720 x 480 but the widescreen includes a 16:9 flag that
stretches the video for display after encoding (to about 856 x 480).
So, if you have 720 x 480 16:9, then you should be setting your project preset as NTSC DV Widescreen and not NTSC DV Standard. Could we be that lucky? Then
no letterboxing of the 1920 x 1080 when you import that into the project. If you did record NTSC Standard and are using the NTSC DV Standard project preset, then what does scaling of the 1920 x 1080 into the 720 x 480 space look like. If you try this, do this with Default Scale to Frame Size unchecked so that you have more flexibility in the this scaling operation.
So sorry that I left our what was probably the most important piece of info, the aspect ratio. We mistakenly recorded at 4:3 instead of 16:9. That being said, we are still okay with the entire project being in 4-3 but only if we can include the cuts of the 1080 footage scaled down and as of now, when it it gets scaled down to that standard size frame, we get the letterbox bars. Any possibility if overcoming the problem by exporting the 1080 footage from a separate project setting in Adobe to some sort of standard format and then importing that file in with the 720x480 4:3 footage from the second camera? Or is there any way to convert the 4:3 footage to widescreen which would allow for an Adobe project setting that does not letterbox the high definition files. Just to clarify, the letterboxing looks like black bars at the top and bottom.
Thanks for the reply.
As I wrote previously
If you did record NTSC Standard and are using the NTSC DV Standard project preset, then what does scaling of the 1920 x 1080 into the 720 x 480 space look like. If you try this, do this with Default Scale to Frame Size unchecked so that you have more flexibility in the this scaling operation.
As case in point....I am doing a project with a Premiere Elements HD 16:9 project preset and exporting segments of the Timeline to a video to be inserted in a blog post. That blog offers only a 4:3 player. So, I decided to export my Timeline 16:9 segment with a 4:3 export preset. The first segment looked great in the blog. But, when I did the same thing for another segment which contained different effects, the effects were all over the place going from 16:9 Timeline where they looked great to 4:3 export where they were messed up.
I know what letterboxing offers, and you do get the whole image in with the black borders at the top and bottom.
What I was suggesting via the scaling route, is getting rid of the black borders at the expense of the some of the unnecessary frame content. At this point, I am not seeing another way, except if you can find a way to use the 1920 x 1080 as picture in picture type in the 4:3 frame.
By the way, that scaling your way out of the situation is not new. It can be seen mentioned for this type of thing elsewhere online.
Please think it over. Please let me know if you need clarification on what the scaling to get rid of black borders does.
Thanks so much for the insight! To help deal with the root of this issue, we found some software that converted our 4:3 video to 16:9. Once the aspect ratio became consistent, both camera clips looked the same in the timeline of a 720 x 480 16:9 project setting in Adobe.
Thanks for the update with the good news that you worked out the details for your aspect ratio consistent video. Great job.
I am still in the decision process of deciding which way to go with the 4:3 blog player and my Premiere Elements project settings
and export settings.