If your footage is widescreen you should edit it like widescreen and export as widescreen.
Make a new sequence (no need for a new project) with the widescreen dv setting.
Copy and paste your footage into that seqence.
Now in the right monitor, the program monitor everything should look widescreen and people should not look strechted in the length.
Now file/dynamic link/ send to Encore and let Encore handle the encoding.
Choose a widescreen menu.
thanks a lot Ann; that's great, haven't started transcoding yet, but the settings look right in Encore
one thing before I transcode; one of my sequences (a highlights video) nests a couple of other sequences (ceremony, speeches), and this footage now appears as 4:3 with the black bars - is there an easy way of correcting those source sequences?
Copy the footage to a new correct widescreen sequence and nest them in your main sequence.
ah yikes, I'm probably being really stupid here, sorry
or I haven't explained myself well enough
I have an original 'ceremony' sequence trapped in 4:3
I've nested this into a 'highlights' sequence (initially 4:3) then edited it, so there are lots of little clips of the 'ceremony' sequence among clips of source footage
copying and pasting all this 'highlights' footage into a new widescreen sequence means everything now appears widescreen, except for all of the clips edited from the 'ceremony' nested sequence, which are elongated 4:3 with the black bars
I can't change the original sequence settings of the ceremony sequence
And I can't make the nexted ceremony sequence clips in the highlights sequence refer to another sequence
so copying the footage to another sequence and then nesting it, no matter which way round I do it, always results in 4:3 with black bars (because of the setting of the original ceremony sequence)
sorry, again, I'm probably missing something obvious...
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Right click on the clips in your project bin and select "Interpret footage." You should see an option to choose the correct pixel aspect ratio for DV Widescreen. I think you can select multiple clips at once and do this, but the point is you'll need to make sure all your clips have the correct footage interpretation selected.
Assuming you captured via firewire, there should be no issue (DV footage is transferred, actually, not captured...so the footage is not "altered" at all by any capture settings you may have, but the interpretation method may be incorrect, which is why you'll need to correct it).
Once you have the proper interpretation, drop your footage in a DV widescreen sequence and it will display properly without any further adjustments. Then during export, be sure again to select a preset with "widescreen" listed (check the export screen to be sure it displays the way you like). If you create your own preset or modify one, just be sure that the pixel aspect ratio is matched to your footage (DV widescreen).
Also, please note that when you change the footage interpretation method, this applies to all the clips in any sequences you currently have them in...so if you've got your clips in a 4:3 sequence, you'll need to copy and paste the CONTENTS of your sequence into a new widescreen sequence. Dragging and dropping a 4:3 sequence into a widescreen sequence will not work...regardless of the footage items themselves. When you nest a 4:3 sequence in a 16:9 sequence, the footage item is the sequence (NOT the original footage items themselves) so you will still see pillar boxes on left/right if you do it that way.
Again, if you've already done all your edits in a 4:3 preset, just copy and paste all CONTENTS of that sequence to the new widescreen sequence and your newly applied footage interpretations should appear correctly.
Hope that helps! Sorry if I was too vague, I'm not sitting in front of my editor right now so that's just from memory.
the problem footage is interpreted OK as widescreen
but it's in a 4:3 sequence that has been nested onto a widescreen sequence and then edited into many different clips, which are merged with original footage
I can't change the settings of 4:3 sequence
and I can't make the edited nested sequence refer to another sequence
so I'm just going to have to redo the work, right?
Yes, you're correct on all parts unfortunately. Wow, sounds like a real mess
You COULD make the edited sequence refer to another sequence, but it would be tedious at best, and not really save you much time over editing it all over again.
Sorry for the bad news.
All worked great in the end; had to re-edit the problem sequence, which took me a lot less time than I'd spent trying to work out a way to do it automatically...oh well