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A slight vertical stretch is very easily done and can be very effective. Ne subtle
No need to do any cropping. Use the Scale Window (Separate X and Y).
Tell the Dancers they were fat and you will charge them x $$$ to do this very complicated process.
Cool. But the final product is a DVD, which is viewed on a DVD.
If I don't crop at all, won't there be some black area on the TV screen? Or is this what you had in mind?
As Craig states, you will only increase the vertical height of the image on the screen (be careful to not over do it - look carefully). Your "stage," or screen is still only showing 720x480. That which is above/below will just not be seen. It's like using Keyframing and moving a still, or Title to start off-screen.
To have some fun, you could start normal, and as they dance, slowly keyframe them to look thinner! Or maybe not.
Try Craig's method and see if you don't like the results. Do watch the background, so that you do not overdo the Effect.
Scale it vertically and the re-position it down a little to maintain headroom
>The dancers are complaining that they look heavier than in real life
I'd tell this this is normal for video and it's just the way things are.
While it's easy to say "the camera adds 20 pounds", it's possible this may be some sort of pixel aspect ratio issue. Is there a way to export a short file or image to check?
Is it 4x3 video that they are stretching to fill 16x9 screens?
I have a regular shoot with an actor that is slightly more round than desired for the role and the product ( he is pe4rfect for the job though and we have been shooting him for over ten years in the same role).
I always do a slight vertical stretch on him.
That vertical stretch method won't work too well with interlaced material, I imagine.