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If it came from a DVD, the PAR for the 16:9 stuff would have to be 1.2, not 1.
To work with the 16:9 material, you can either scale it down and have it letterboxed, or have it full frame and cut off the sides. Which would you prefer?
> The par dimension of the the 16:9 is 1.
That is not possible. The DVD specs do not allow that.
Sorry guys, don't know where that par dimension came from. Perhaps I need to put the crack pipe down earlier.
Here are some descriptors from Super file converter:
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480
Height : 480 pixels
Pixel Aspect Ratio : 0.844
Display Aspect ratio : 1.778
Display Aspect ratio : 16/9
Does that make it any clearer?
NTSC DVD 16x9 should be 720x480 with a PAR of 1.2
In any case, the process is something like this:
option #1 (cropping):
1.) Scale the video from 720x480 to 960x480
2.) Crop 120 pixels off of each side -> 720x480
option #2 (letterboxing):
1.) Deinterlace the video (if it's interlaced)
2.) Scale it to 720x360
3.) Pad the top and bottom with 60 pixels of black -> 720x480
It's interesting to note that 16x9 NTSC content assumes a perfect 2:1 aspect inside the 4:3 NTSC container when correct aspect ratio conversions are performed.
Simpler still, assuming you work in a 4:3 preset.
1. Turn off Scale to Frame Size in General Preferences before import of 16:9 clips.
2. Scale them until they fill the screen height.
1. Ignore the above and just import the clips.
Thanks for your contributions, gentlemen.
One thing I did not tell you.the footage is usually made up of the content of what once was two 16x9 screens. Sometimes these are arranged vertically; sometimes they are arranged horizontally (stacked). Its the content of multiple screens in an exhibit.
So, this is what I have done. See if there is a problem.
I imported the footage (720x480) into Premiere. I interpreted the par to 1.2. I then scaled the video so that it all fit in the frame.
The down side to this, as someone mentioned, is that the video is much reduced in size, but all of the original footage is within the frame. And thus, the original composition is intact. For my purposes right nowI am loggingI think this is best.
And have a great 4th weekend!!!