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  • How to stretch/reformat a fullscreen title card into widescreen?

    Posted by Brian Reeves on February 9, 2024 at 3:11 pm

    Hello, I’ll start by saying that I’m pretty new to Resolve, and NOT the most technical person.

    We’re trying to create a brief silent film-style segment that uses the classic still title cards to convey dialogue and/or narration.

    The problem is, as you can see from the attached screenshots, the 1920 x 1080 MP4 we’re working from is effectively widescreen, while the title card we’ve created (3300 x 2550 in dimensions) was fullscreen— without the “black bars,” and not stretched to either side of the frame— when we imported it (unless we imported it wrong?).

    The title card in question was essentially created just using Mac Preview on an 11” x 8.5” image, since we don’t really have the After Effects (or equivalent) knowledge to import/overlay the kind of frame we’re looking for over an existing still of the film. The plan was to use Resolve to put the dialogue and/or narration within that frame.

    So rather than try to find/work from a fullscreen version of the footage, does anyone have any easy suggestions on how to reimport/reformat and essentially “stretch” out the title card into a widescreen format to try to match? Hopefully we wouldn’t have to convert the entire film to fullscreen?

    I’ll readily admit that we’re kind of at a disadvantage as far as research, since most of the feature-length silent films that we’re trying to emulate– i.e. Intolerance (1.33 to 1 aspect ratio), Nosferatu (1.33 to 1), Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (also 1.33 to 1), Sunrise (1.21 to 1) etc– appear to have both the footage AND title cards in fullscreen (at least as they’re presented on YouTube, for what that’s worth… it’s entirely possible that many of these silent films were actually SHOT in fullscreen for all I know, so maybe this is as much of a question for film historians as it is Resolve experts?).

    Anyway, any suggestions/insight would be extremely appreciated. Thanks!!

    Eric Santiago
    replied 1 month, 4 weeks ago
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  • Tom Morton

    February 9, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    You can literally stretch (scale) the image to whatever dimensions you want in Resolve, click on the clip, go to the inspector tab, uncheck the link aspect ratio option, and change scale to whatever you want. Lots of tutorials on youtube if you’re not sure how.

    If you don’t want it stretched then I guess you’re best off pulling this into photoshop and changing the dimensions of the image there?

    If you’re working with several different size aspect ratios, you’re best off cutting the image in half, and then you can scale both halves to fit the height of the comp, and the middle will overlap but won’t be noticeable because the centre section has no vertical patterns.

  • Eric Santiago

    February 14, 2024 at 5:44 pm

    If your dead set on that aspect ratio then I would edit the image in Photoshop or Illustrator if its vector.

    You dont want to break the aspect ratio of that image.

    It will blur and look distorted.

    Dont matter if its double the pixel res.

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