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I would start with the widescreen project, edit it and export as required. Then export a DV AVI file and import that into a 4:3 project. Adjust the center cut as needed, if needed, and export from there as required. You will export to iPod from the 4:3 project.
Would I then have 2 seperate Premeire projects and send them indivdually for export rather than trying to export a single project to the media encoder for the different formats I want to output?
Would I need to rescale the pictures in the 4:3 project?
I try to avoid color bars whenever possible.
Most of my pics are imported from photoshop at 1440x1068 (1.0) I then apply motion, etc or scale them down to fit easily without the color bars if there is no animation.
Would there be a benefit to changing the aspect ratio to .9 or 1.2 in photoshop before importing? Photoshop has a set of video actions but I haven't figured out the best use for them
You would not need to rescale the 16:9 clips in the 4:3 project as long as you don't want to letterbox. Meaning, the edges hang over and get cut off instead of getting everything to9 fit using "color bars". That's what I generally do, and when the most important part of the 16:9 frame is not centered, I use the position parameter of the Motion effect to slide the frame around.
You want to use 1.2 in Photoshop to do the original editing in 16:9.
Thanks again, That's a big help.
I will switch them to a 1.2 aspect in photoshop. I probably should have been switching to .9 all along but had been imprting at 1.0
What image size do you use?
I had been using 1440x1068 for 4:3 projects as they allowed me room for animations or easily scaled to a perfect fit if there was no animation.
Thanks again for your time. I have been playing with slideshows for a while and still seem to have trouble figuring out the aspect ratio and file size/dimensions for projects.
Size of image depends on need to zoom. So, I generally use a few different sizes. It is difficult to say what works best. It is different for each image.