If you are talking about setting the dimensions of the stage, that can be done by selecting Modify-> Document -> and set the width and height dimensions as needed.
Yes, i am talking about setting the dimensions of the stage, which i know how to change.
Am i right in thinking though, the final aspect ratio of a video is related to the pixel dimentions? What i am trying to find out is what pixel dimensions i should be using to ensure the correct final output and if there are any other settings to take into consideration...
Then you are all set. Width and height define aspoect ratio, and there are no other settings relative to setting those values. If you are using imported imagery then you should keep things sized for clear resolution of said images.
So if i've told the final film will be shown on a projector with an aspect ratio of 16:9, what is that refering to? and should be considering that when deciding on the width and height of my movie?
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The aspect ratio (width to height) is just one of the considerations that yu need. The other is the resolution that will be used for the presentation.
160 x 90 (px) is a 16:9 aspect ratio... 160/16 = 10, 10 x 9 = 90.... but is most likely way to low resolution.
Full 1080p (1920 x 1080) HDTV is also 16:9 aspect ratio, 1920/16 = 120, 120 x 9 = 1080, but may be too high a resolution.
If a laptop or other computer is being used to display, the screen resolution comes from the laptop, not the large screen TV/monitor it may be connected to.
So if you know the width you have to work with, divide that by 16 and multiple the result by nine. for example, for width 1200
1200/16 = 75, 75 x 9 = 675 ..... a 16:9 aspect ratio
If you don't know the width, it's probably better to oversize rather than undersize.
@adninjastrator - thats great, thanks for the explanation