Want to convert 4:3 to 16:9

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I have some VHS video from a wedding to convert to a widescreen (if possible) DVD. It will ultimately be displayed by folks who want to just drop the disc in the player and enjoy without adjusting the DVD or blu-ray player to get the aspect right. I don't want it letterboxed because most of it is of people dancing and the original video has the dancers' heads near the very top of the frame and their feet near the very bottom, and letterboxing for the 1.78 (16:9) frame size will cut too close.

I thought I would be able to just add black sidebars to the 4:3 video thereby extending it out to widescreen, 16:9 width. If I can't do that, I'll just have to consign her to learning how to use her player to make the best presentation of it.

I've looked long and hard at DVDxDV Pro, and Final Cut Express' Widescreen Filter, and I haven't seen the ability to add sidebars. Anybody have any ideas?



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I can only speak for the NLE I use (Sony Vegas), but all I need to do is adjust my project settings to any widescreen project (1920 X 1080 1:1 pixel ratio - Many HD presets; 720 X 480 1.21:1 pixel ratio - preset called DVD Widescreen) and it adds those black bars for me (of course I could change that by putting a background behind the video to allow for other colors or even background videos).

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In PPro CS3 I'd open a 16x9 (PAL or NTSC widescreen) project, add a black matte an then insert the 4:3 file on top. On another note, using ENCORE, all I had to do with that situation (using a 4:3 file in a 16:9 project) was to create another timeline. That way I could mix aspect (timelines) without going through a re render. The 4:3 file fills the entire screen w/o bars though.