You should be able to simply Scale the 4:3 clips, making them larger until they fill the screen left to right. The tops and bottoms will naturally get cut off. No need for a separate Crop process.
You can then adjust them vertically to tweak the framing.
Thanks. Scaling is indeed equivalent to cropping, at least for my present purposes. So that worked nicely.
I'm not thrilled with losing material on the top and bottom, and there is a slight drop in quality, but I think this was the least of the available evils. Unless there's some other option I'm not aware of for fitting 4:3 footage in a project that's almost all 16:9 footage.
Switching between 16:9 and 4:3 is not necessarily jarring, depending on how you do it. I see a lot of it on TV at the moment because we're in a transition phase.
Try the 4:3 footage unscaled in the 16:9 project and see how you feel about the appearance. Remember, you don't have to use black for the pillar boxes. You can choose another color or even a subtle motion background. Depending on the content you could even put the 4:3 footage entirely to one side and show some textual information on the other side.
There are many options but you will have to try them to see which you prefer in the end.
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I was trying to get a wide screen effect on some 4:3 last night.
My set up has a black frame around the actual picture as well so any sort of enlarging the screen size wouldn't work.
I got around it by importing two black screens and adding them on their own time lines. I selected each black frame and just moved one up, the other down off screen to block out and give it a wide screen look.
My son's friend was doing some editing a few months ago in my Prem pro2 version and I watched him cropping to a wide screen look, I thought he just dragged the frame up and down... but in CS3 the screen frame moves in proportion when scaling.
I'll have to ask him how he did it.
Just found it.
Go to effects, video effects/ transform / crop. double click the crop effect to bring it to the effects panel, open the twirly triangle and there you have it crop, left, top, right, bottom.
sorry don't double click effect, you click and drag effect onto clip.
That's nice. I'll try this tonight!
Cheers for the tip.