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You could work in a 4:3 preset and scale back the 16:9 stuff, thus adding black bars to the top and bottom. Then you go in and manually add matching black bars for the 4:3 stuff.
Thanks for the suggestion Jim, however I should have mentioned that I want to deliver the final project in true 16:9. I would just like to get the best looking results out of the 4:3 b-cam footage.
Can you do what the television networks do, and put curtains to the side, or motion graphics, or whatever?
Otherwise, look into the software that turns SD into HD format like InstantHD.
BorisFX just released a pluggin BCCfilter entitled "UPREZ." Have a look at it. ALthough intended to be used for goimg from SD to HD, the user inputs allow a wide variety of sizing and scaling. In addition to doing the obvious scaling, it does a sharpening step. See their website for tutorial/examples.
You could also try my (free) 4:3 -> 16x9 converter, which is part of dv2film. You can perform a very high quality batch conversion of your 4x3 footage.
See the page that Jim Simon made about my process of batch converting 60i DV footage to 24p. http://dv2film.com
Download and install the tools posted on that page and follow the instructions, with this one exception: Assuming that you only want to convert 4:3 -> 16x9 (and not adjust the framerate), simply replace the suggested script template with this:
dvsd2wide(Sharpness=.75, HQ=true, Method=1, PAL=false)
NOTE: This assumes NTSC footage. If your source is PAL, change to PAL=true in the last line.
I was wondering if the dv2Film process might be used in this way, without the frame rate conversion I mean. I already does a great job of cropping and scaling.
What do you think Dan, time to add another page?
Thanks for all the help. It's greatly appreciated.
Dan Isaacs.....thanks for the script. It works great.
Thanks, Craig. The quality is quite good, no? It's a little slow, but you get nothing for nothing :)