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  • Convert 16:9 to 4:3

    Posted by Larry Rochman on July 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I am new to Final Cut and 16:9. I have a 16:9 Promo that I need to send to a facility that only airs 4:3. Is there a way to convert the 16:9 to 4:3 in Final Cut without having to letterbox it?

    thanks…

    Chris Harlan replied 14 years, 4 months ago 6 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Rafael Amador

    July 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm
  • David Roth weiss

    July 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Not full frame without a letterbox– you’ll have to do a center punch or pan and scan, cutting off some portion of the sides of the frame. The laws of geometry apply…

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  • Scott Sniffen

    July 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    If you do not have a Kona card or the like which could crop if for you and output to tape, try exporting to Compressor and create a 4×3 clip of the entire promo using uncompressed settings. Then bring the new clip back into a 4×3 timeline in FCP and then print to tape.

  • Walter Biscardi

    July 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Yep, a product like the AJA Kona series will center punch this to 4:3 Standard Definition in realtime during playback to do exactly what you want.

    You can also try Compressor, I’ve never used it but I see postings on here from people who do.

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  • Larry Rochman

    July 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Walter:

    I do have the AJA Kona, but how do I tell it to output the 16 x 9 as a 4 x 3?

  • Chris Harlan

    December 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    You can take your anamorphic sequence and nest it in a 4:3 sequence–which will automatically letterbox it–then multiply scale of the sequence by, I believe, 1.33 (133%), which will return the nested sequence to its actual size, effectively cutting off the sides. This method is also described in the current FCP manual.

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