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  • gwoss
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    Joined: Jul 26th, 2007, 06:21
    Unifying of framesizes of movie-trailers
    Hi there, I am working with movie trailers which my company takes off official studios sites and other portals like apple.com/trailers. I am supposed to cut these trailers together and create new info files of them (like "the movies of the week", I use the trailer footage to present the current releases). Now although each trailer is in quicktime, they often come in different frame sizes (some are in 480 x 260 etc, some are 640 x 288 etc.. I´d like them all to be in size 720 x 576, regular DV-Pal BUT without the moviecontent being squeezed etc.. Usually you cannot simply turn a 4:3 movie into a 16:9 movie without the picture being changed (squeezed or streched pictures)...but is there a feature in Final Cut or is there a software where one can unify the frame size from whatever source frame size without the ususal stretching/squeezing effects on the movie content? I´d just like to be able to create a DV-pal-movie consisting of different source material but all in one size. Is this possible? Thank you Gregor
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  • Martin
    Posts: 471
    Joined: Aug 24th, 2004, 12:00
    Re: Unifying of framesizes of movie-trailers
    It is possible, but not "automatically" ... well, you could try just dragging and dropping the movies into a 720 X 576 sequence and "hope for the best" ... FCP will letterbox vids where it needs to. The big issue here is your prefered output format is 4:3, whereas a lot of the videos you are using are 16:9 ... consequently, you'll need to have a letterboxed output (black bars at the top and bottom of the screen). Aditionally, you will be "up-resing" the footage, or blowing it out from a smaller dimension to a larger dimension. If the footage is interlaced (or even if it isn't) this is going to lead to a dodgy picture quality. The short answer is, there's no acceptable way to do what you're attempting without a bit of work, and probably a less than satisfactory picture quality in the end. Sorry!
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