0 Replies Latest reply on Dec 28, 2007 11:47 PM by (Iron_Mike)

    Letterboxing when using 16:9 footage in 4:3 project...

      Hi,

      I have a project here that is DV-NTSC-720x480-4x3.

      Now when I import footage that is 720x480 / 4x3 it is displayed properly e.g. this file:

      Codec : MPEG-2 Video
      Codec profile : Main@Main
      Codec settings/Matri : Standard
      Bit rate : 9800 Kbps
      Bit rate mode : CBR
      Width : 720 pixels
      Height : 480 pixels
      Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
      Frame rate : 29.970 fps
      Standard : NTSC
      Chroma : 4:2:0
      Interlacement : Top Field First
      Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.946

      When I try to import footage that is 720x480 / 16x9, PP Pro automatically does a Pan & Scan on the footage e.g. on this file:

      Codec : MPEG-2 Video
      Codec profile : Main@Main
      Codec settings/Matri : Standard
      Bit rate : 8000 Kbps
      Bit rate mode : CBR
      Width : 720 pixels
      Height : 480 pixels
      Display Aspect ratio : 16/9
      Frame rate : 29.970 fps
      Standard : NTSC
      Chroma : 4:2:0
      Interlacement : Top Field First
      Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.772

      Regarding this automatic Pan & Scan for 16:9 footage (in a 4:3 project) I have a few questions...

      1. Am I right assuming that the pixels are "stretched" when doing a Pan & Scan on imported 16:9 footage (in a 4:3 project) ?

      --> meaning: the quality is worse than using letterboxing ?

      2. How can I apply letterboxing on 16:9 footage imported into a 4:3 project ?

      --> I read the manual and it states that u can adjust that with the Motion properties Scale & Position but is there an automatic solution in PP Pro ?

      --> I've adjusted the Scale to 75.5 % (which looks okay) but what is the correct percentage ?

      3. Where can I change settings in PP Pro to put all 16:9 footage (in a 4:3 project) automatically in letterbox format ?

      As always, thanx for your help in advance !

      Mike