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Filming in widescreen and AlamDV problem

Posted: Fri, 29th Apr 2005, 9:18am

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silencer

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Hi

I did some filming in widescreen on my DV cam but when i tried adding a lightsaber in AlamDV i found that the black borders top and bottom became part of the screen so the effect ran into them, is there any way of stopping this quickly or would i have to use masks over the borders?
Posted: Fri, 29th Apr 2005, 9:38am

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Simon K Jones

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If you film in widescreen/letterbox mode on a camera, the black bars are inevitably part of the image. Place a couple of masks over the black bars, or simply add black bars again in your editing program when you're done.

In fact, it's almost never a good idea to film with black bars - all you're doing is reducing your vertical data. Film it in normal 4:3, then add black bars in post - that way you still have the whole image to play with, which is very useful for effects, or for reframing etc.
Posted: Fri, 29th Apr 2005, 10:03am

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silencer

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Yeah thats what we ended up doing but in post we found that when we made the footage widescreen using our editing program the actors etc became slightly wider (fatter) is there any way to stop this happening again
Posted: Fri, 29th Apr 2005, 2:01pm

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sk8street65

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if you have the new final cut pro or the imovie hd,, you could shoot it in full screen and then on one of the programs ad the wide screen effect....
Posted: Fri, 29th Apr 2005, 3:00pm

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silencer

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I have a PC and i use Premiere Pro with the option in there of making the footage widescreen but it makes everyone look slightly fatter as you can see on our movie Star Wars Unseen Evil: The Clone Of The Chiss we're not usually that wide lol
Posted: Wed, 20th Jul 2005, 1:19pm

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cweb

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Actually not all cams add the bars... some will really film in widescreen without any bars.