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Anamorphic 16:9 in Chromanator

Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2005, 11:35pm

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BlueSmudge

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How ever bad it may sound, I'm using iMovie HD for my newest little Special Effects project. I don't have a HD cam, just a Sony DCR-TRV 19 shooting in 16:9 mode.
Many of the shots require special effects which I am doing in chromanator. When I made the project I chose NTSC-Anamorphic, and added my special effects.
But then, when it came time to put the render back to my editing program, I had some troubles.
The render didn't export to quicktime in 16:9. Instead, it went back to 4:3. So now my project has a scene with a distorted image, and black bars on the side.
Is there anyway that Chromanator can export to quicktime in 16:9?
Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2005, 11:43pm

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TimmyD

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Ahh, iMovie. I use that. Download the Virtix sample effects pack :http://virtix.com/imovie/products/SampleEffects.asp . Use the letterbox converter in the pack to convert the footage. Adjust the sliders: squash and size, to get your effect. It willl squish the video to look right, and then it will add the bars. In chromanator just use the regular 4:3 mode. This way, it will be all set.


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Posted: Sun, 30th Jan 2005, 11:52pm

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BlueSmudge

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Like any true iMovie user, I already have that.
It doesnt really help me, because in iMovie HD, the 16:9 option shows you the video in 16:9 format, and has no box's.
That plugin does not help me because it cant stretch it to fit into 16:9 and if I add letterbox's in, once it is shown on a TV, it will have double letterbox's.
I don't know if you have iMovie HD, but thanks for trying to help.
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2005, 12:23am

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TimmyD

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Hmm, i still have to upgrade. Hehe, quite a bad situation really. I bought iLife '04 for christmas for myself. Then iLife 05 came out a month later. Hehe, biggest computer software in my life, other than using windows for a year before i got a mac. eek

When you export the video from imovie, does it have the black bars on the export?
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2005, 1:40am

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BlueSmudge

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When i export it in imovie to quicktime, it goes back to 4:3
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2005, 1:42am

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Joshua Davies

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From what I've read it would seem iMovieHD can only work in 16:9 for footage directly imported from the camera. Other footage imported from other applications (even if it was exported from iMovieHD) can only work 4:3.

I'll look in to this more because it seems a little bit mean of Apple. I expect they want you to upgrade to FCEHD if you're going to do anything slightly complicated.
Posted: Mon, 31st Jan 2005, 3:18am

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BlueSmudge

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Oh score! i fixed it!
man...iMovie still has it. For all its new improvments, its really been going downhill since iMovie 2. But combined with Chromanator, there isnt much I can't do.