3 Replies Latest reply on May 28, 2010 6:52 PM by Sboarder1964

    Prevent letterboxing in export


      I have a 1440 x 1080 AVCHD (.mts format) clip that I'm trying to edit and export with Premiere Elements 8. I'm just trying to get something of smaller filesize like wmv or mpg it doesn't really matter. However, the final production always has a letterbox. If I do 1.33 pixel ratio (making it 16:9 format) it letterboxes the TOP, BOTTOM, AND SIDES. If I choose 1.0 pixel ratio (making it 4:3 format) it just letterboxes the top and bottom. So obviously this is a widescreen clip, but how can I produce it without letterboxes?

        • 1. Re: Prevent letterboxing in export
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Welcome to the forum.


          What is the Frame Size that you are choosing in Export?


          Your AVCHD material should be Square Pixels, so PAR = 1.0 should be the best, but you will need to choose a setting that matches the Aspect Ratio of your footage.


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: Prevent letterboxing in export
            Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

            In most cases, if you use one of the default export settings, rather than trying to tweak your own aspect ratio, you will get a 4:3 ot 16:9 with no letterboxing.

            • 3. Re: Prevent letterboxing in export
              Sboarder1964 Level 1

              I'm pretty sure the the pixels are 1.33 because I've been able export in other programs with the following results: 1.0 pixels yields a 4:3 aspect ratio that looks squished and 1.33 pixels yields a 16:9 ratio that looks correct.


              With Premiere, I've tried the following settings:



              • NTSC DVD Standard (720x480)
              • NTSC DVD Widescreen (720x480) (1.212 pixel ratio)
              • MPEG2 1440x1080i 30 (1.33 pixel ratio)



              • DV NTSC Standard (720x480)
              • DV NTSC Widescreen (720x480) (1.212 pixel ratio)



              • HD 1080i (1440x1080) (1.33 pixel)
              • HD 720p (1280X720) (1.33 pixel)
              • LAN (640x720)


              Some others I can't remember at the moment. The widescreen settings letterbox both top and bottom, so again, I'm pretty sure that's the right dimension.