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#1 Rick Shepardson

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:13 AM

Okay, this is a dumb question.
I'm shooting a project that needs to be fit for a public access station that only broadcasts in 4:3. I've been given the sony pmw-ex 1 to shoot it with. Unfortunately, I have't been given the time to really test everything out.
I don't understand the 4:3 option on the sony pmw ex-1.
the native format is 16:9. I've been told you can shoot 4:3..however, is the final image actually 4:3? Or, does it produce a 16:9 frame with the sides cropped?
I know that there is the 4:3 marker for the display...but that of course only changes the frame guide on the display. I also know about the down convert option that will crop a 16:9 monitor for the 4:3 image...but this still will only effect the display.
I've also run through all the Formats (1920/1080, 1440/1080) and this of course, doesn't seem to change anything.
I apologize if this is completely moronic. Trust, me, I feel a little stupid for asking the question.
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#2 Hal Smith

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:45 AM

Final Cut Studio will do either center cut crop 16:9 to 4:3 or letter box it into a 4:3 frame.

You might find something helpful at: http://forums.creati...post/142/866185
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#3 Rick Shepardson

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 12:57 AM

Final Cut Studio will do either center cut crop 16:9 to 4:3 or letter box it into a 4:3 frame.

You might find something helpful at: http://forums.creati...post/142/866185


Thanks Mr. Smith,
I actually did find an answer on converting 16:9 to 4:3 there. It's all become an issue of if the client wants to eventually take this to a station that broadcasts in 16:9...that and how many people own 16:9 television sets and what aspect ratio they'll have said set programmed to. Every solution leads to about a billion questions thanks there not being any absolutes anymore


Ugh...sometimes I miss the old days when all tvs were squares and only theaters had rectangles.
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#4 Timo Klages

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Posted 04 February 2010 - 02:58 AM

Okay, this is a dumb question.
I'm shooting a project that needs to be fit for a public access station that only broadcasts in 4:3. I've been given the sony pmw-ex 1 to shoot it with. Unfortunately, I have't been given the time to really test everything out.
I don't understand the 4:3 option on the sony pmw ex-1.
the native format is 16:9. I've been told you can shoot 4:3..however, is the final image actually 4:3? Or, does it produce a 16:9 frame with the sides cropped?
I know that there is the 4:3 marker for the display...but that of course only changes the frame guide on the display. I also know about the down convert option that will crop a 16:9 monitor for the 4:3 image...but this still will only effect the display.
I've also run through all the Formats (1920/1080, 1440/1080) and this of course, doesn't seem to change anything.
I apologize if this is completely moronic. Trust, me, I feel a little stupid for asking the question.


dear rick,

i don´t know about the Sony EX1 but you won´t be able to shoot 4:3 in any HD mode since HD is always 16:9 by specification. you need to shoot in SD and maybe than the Sony will give you the possibility to do this in 4:3.
if that´s not possible you may crop the VF to 4:3 and do your job and then crop it the same way in your editing software and deliver a 4:3 video to you customer.

hope that helps a bit.

greets
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