How to convet 16x9 video to 4x3 letterbox for VHS?

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  1. Yumbo

    Yumbo Cinematographer

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    Hi,

    I shoot all my DV in 16x9 mode.

    I need to convert it on my Mac to 4:3 letterbox for my relatives who use VHS.

    any ideas?

    thanks.
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Use Adobe After Effects or a similar program to unsquish and scale it down to fit in a 720x480 frame

    You can probably do the same in Premiere, though it takes a lot more steps.
     
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    What app are you using?

    Mike
     
  4. Yumbo

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    I've got iMovie and iDVD.

    I can get Final Cut and DVD Studio.

    cheers
     
  5. Ken Chan

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    If the camera does true 16:9 (instead of simply masking off part of the frame) the simplest thing might be to use DVD Studio Pro to make a genuine 16:9 anamorphic DVD. Play it back on a regular DVD player in 4:3 letterbox mode and tape that onto VHS. This has the added advantage of also getting a DVD out of the process.

    iDVD does not do 16:9. You should be able to use iMovie to capture the DV and do edits; everything will look squished, but that shouldn't affect the end result. DVD Studio Pro includes the QuickTime encoder, which will encode from DV to MPEG-2. It uses a fairly high bitrate, so you won't be able to squeeze a lot of video onto a disc.

    //Ken
     
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    Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro will do the work for you.

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