How To Keep Ratio in Adobe Premiere CS4

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Different Video Aspect Ratios

Okay so you finally took all those old tape home movie videos and got them into digital format. You also have some video from your new Digital Camera and maybe that screen cast or some other video you got from your friend. You decide you want to put them all into the same MASH UP video.
There is a problem, all these video come in different Aspect Ratios and file formats. Adobe Premiere does it’s best to look at the meta data of the file to determine the right ratio for the video.
If you putting together videos in the same sequence that have different aspect ratios you face the problem of either cutting the video out of the frame or having dead space in the frame. There isn’t really a simple “clean” solution for this problem.
If you put a video shot in 16:9 into a project sequence that is 4:3 you will cut off the width of the original footage. Respectively if your video is 4:3 and you put it into a 16:9 video sequence you will get dead space. The simple dirty solution would be to shrink/squeeze the video or pull/stretch the video. Either one of those will cause the subject of the video to look really different.
The best thing to do is leave the original footage untouched and use the highest aspect ratio which is a form of 16:9. You can put the “wide screen” look to 4:3 video to have it fit the 16:9 window and give it a cinema look.
 

Correctly Exporting the Video

Exporting can cause different problems then the one above. Be sure to set the correct exporting settings for the video. Match the highest video settings in the sequence. You can distort a HDV video by exporting it in the wrong aspect ratio.
The only way to tell which will work best for your situation is to try a few exports and see which one works best.
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