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  • DV PAL anamorphic vs. DV PAL

  • William Holden

    February 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    So I’ve captured HOURS of footage in DV PAL anamorphic. But I want my final product to be letterboxed (ie I don’t want the picture squeezed into 4:3). Am I too late to simply change settings? Will I have to recapture all my footage to make it letterboxed?

    Also, this PAL footage will have to be converted to NTSC anyway (the majority of the other footage is NTSC). If I convert from DV PAL anamorphic to DV NTSC, will this solve my problem effectively? Is there any drawbacks to this?

    Any hints or tips are much appreciated!

  • Samuel Hall

    February 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    To get it to be letterbox, you can just drop the footage on to a 4:3 timeline and FCP will automatically letterbox it.

    As for getting it to NTSC you have a few options. Nattress Standards Converter is a good one.

    You can also export to NTSC using Compressor. Another option is to use the Conform 25 to 24 tool found in the Tools menu and edit your project at 24fps NTSC.

    Samuel Hall

  • Rafael Amador

    February 20, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Hi Willian,
    To get a Letter-boxed movie you only need to drop your Anamorphic footage in a 4×3 sequence.
    Convert your PAL DV Anamorphic to NTSC anamorphic and then edit all together.

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