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- August 30, 2008 at 8:12 PM #37355AnonymousInactive
OK, I’m pretty sure someone’s asked this question before, so bare with me if it has been. I’m shooting video that’s intended for final use at 16:9 aspect ratio, but am unsure at what ratio I should actually film at. I’ve been told you should shoot at 4:3 always, but would it be better to shoot native 16:9 if that’s all I’m planning to use it for?
If your final is 16:9 then shoot at 16:9. Also is your final going to be HD (web or BluRay)? You can shoot in 16:9 (some cameras) even if it’s SD.
I almost always shoot in HD 16:9 now (1920 X 1080 @ 60i).
I’m going that way as I do more work for web clients. They are all moving to 16:9 for standard web playback. So it seems I’ll have little choice. But my current SD equipment is more than adequate for internet playback, so I just shoot & post in 16:9 and everyone’s happy. And I’m liking that web players show the entire image, I can frame using the entire screen. No more “safe zones” and always 16:9 displays. Woo hoo!!
like birdcat said, if you’re intending on displaying it as 16:9 in the end, then shoot 16:9. I don’t know why anyone would tell you to shoot 4:3 even if you intend of delivering in 16:9.
What you can do is author your DVD so that the image will fill a 16:9 screen and 4:3 letterbox on 4:3 screens instead of just squeezing it.
And I’m liking that web players show the entire image, I can frame using the entire screen. No more “safe zones” and always 16:9 displays. Woo hoo!!
I’ve been thinking about that as a serious advantage to editing for online consumption. I’m only just getting into HD so I’m not sure, but are “safe zones” any different when editing for high def LCD/plasma tvs? Do they scan/display differently in that respect?
I believe the safe zones are the same. Action-safe is still 10% from the edge and title safe is still 20%, does that make sense?