Add a Title with a mask.
ie 2 black rectangles.
If your footage is widescreen then create a widescreen project and import the standard format project into it. From that point on just treat it as widescreen and don't worry about the black bars on the top and bottom. Those are added by the TV or DVD player at playback time so that the footage comes out with the right aspect ratio.
Mr. Young's recommendation is not the best option. You'd have to resize the clips to get them to fill the screen left to right, and Premiere doesn't do the best job of that.
Craig's suggestion will look better. You can create a Title from a Template. There is already a Letterbox Matte option. Add that above your finished sequence. Scale this to 115% to create a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
The posting is not clear that he is working with 4:3 footage. If that is the case you are right. My assumption, since he is new to Premiere, is that he was unaware of how to work with 16:9 footage.
I have Premiere CS3 with Matrox RT X2. I exported out the breakout box to a DVD recorder and the final product has the black box's at the top and bottom and the video is squashed from top to bottom. How can I change this to just regular tv look? Thanks, Bob
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