In the parlance of our times, that's how HDV (1080 flavor) rolls, yo.
You did the right thing by dropping your HDV footage into the new comp button to create the containing comp.
To get a square pixel 16:9 display on your rendered file, try this:
- create a new comp using the 1080 HDTV preset
- drop your HDV comp (nest) into your HDTV comp
- render from yoru HDTV comp
Hey Steve - it worked! Thanks ver much!!
It is 16:9 indeed! But is also measures 1920x1080 right?
I also tried to make a new composition in HDV - where I realized that from standard the "remain 4:3" checkbox is checked - and thought "ah - maybe if I uncheck it right there..." but after exporting, still the same...
so the only solution seems to be nest it in a HDTV comp...strange
But thanks again!
It all has to do with PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio).
HDV (1080 flavor) has a non-square pixel shape (PAR = 1.33) that gets "stretched out" when flagged appropriately (and interpreted appropriately - this is why FCP understood, and displayed it as 16:9).
Standard HDTV has a square PAR (PAR = 1).
When your HDV comp was nested in an HDTV comp, it interpreted your non-square material, stretching it back out to display as you would expect it to look.
Possibly unbeknownst to you, when you were viewing your HDV comp, PAR correction was toggled on (little button at the bottom of your Comp Viewer Pane that looks like a little rectangle with double arrows above it) in your comp that was allowing you to preview the composition in a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the material was still using a 1.33 PAR.
thanks for the info and the link! now that makes sense. I recognize the PAR correction button and remember manually pressing it when working with widescreen DV footage...
anyway, your advise really helped me out!