As an FYI, there are no 4:3 HD options because all HD formats are 16:9.
Having said that, you should work in a sequence that matches your assets.
Jim is right. But the option does exist to deviate from the normal specifications for custom purposes. Using a custom frame size is not as likely to cause hiccups as is, for example, using a frame rate that doesn't match that of your assets.
Heed Jim's warning, though, if you intend to use this material for TV. Of course, when the output will be used on a computer monitor, you've got more flexibility.
I have an old tv and old dvd player and at one point wanted to make a dvd that would not crop my 16:9 video ( as my equipment is old it wont automatcially letterbox the 16:9 video I burnt to the dvd -- it crops the left and right and I dont get the whole 16:9 frame )
my old tv is 4:3.
What I did in that instance is I started a 4:3 project, put my 16:9 stuff into it and scaled it down so the left and right of the footage was equal to the right and left side of my project monitor frame....basically "forcing" the 16:9 into the 4:3 space ...
when I burned THAT dvd and played it in my old dvd player I got the letterbox and full video into my old tv
dont know if that helps at all.... with what you are doing ?
You cannot set up a HDV setting in 4:3 even in custom settings.
You can set up a HDV sequence and export it to mpeg2-dvd 4:3, but that will not keep the HD quality.
when the output will be used on a computer monitor, you've got more flexibility.
That's true, but it's still a good idea to use a sequence (not necessarily a preset) whose specifications match the material, regardless of where it will end up. Yes?