Hey, I'm new to Premiere (mostly used FCP in the past) but I just finished shooting this film, and now I am trying to edit it. The problem is when I imported the footage, the image looked really compressed, like the sides were getting squeezed. When I play the raw footage in quicktime, the image looks fine, real wide. The stats on the video are
frame rate 29.97...
pixel aspect ratio 40/33 (in Premiere it shows as 1.2121)
Now I shot it on a Panasonic HPX-170, using a 35mm adaptor, I don't know if that changes anything.
I tried a bunch of different project settings, some make the image a little less compressed, but none get it right.
I'd really appreciate some help on this.
Thanks in advance.
Looking into my crystal ball...
You used FCP to Log and Transfer the MXF clips into DVCPRO HD MOVs. The PAR is now being misinterpreted; it should be 1.5, which is the correct PAR for DVCPRO HD 1080i/p.
To fix this, select all the clips, and right-click/Cmd-click or Clip > Modify and select Interpret Footage. In the dialog that appears, set the Pixel Aspect Ratio to "Conform to: DVCPRO HD (1.5)." Once you hit OK, your clips will be correctly interpreted, and you can either use a DVCPRO HD preset that matches your footage (you'll have to customize your own, as there is no built-in 1080/30p preset, so just use the 1080/24p preset as a starting point), or you can drag a clip to the New Item button at the bottom of the Project Panel.
(By the way, this might actually be a bug in Premiere, at least with the way it interprets DVCPRO HD MOVs. If you have the MXFs, they would be interpreted correctly.)
God bless you sir.