Creating DVD for <<<HUGE>>> screen. Help needed.

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by FOV, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. FOV

    FOV Guest

    Hi I've been asked to create a DVD with some video and animations going
    on which will be played as part of a company presentation.
    Problem is this presentation will be in a major theater which will be
    hosting a huge screen in which my material will be projected. This
    screen will be several meters high and several meters wide so it'll be
    quiet something.

    My question is, does anyone have any experience in this and could
    identify potential pitfalls?

    I'm using some company DVDs to get footage from but I'm seeing almost
    each DVD has different screen ratio setups, at least I've seen: 4x3
    1:33:1, 16x9 2.35:1, 16:9 1.66:1 and 16.9 2.40:1.

    I've almost always used my own footage so aspect ration is something I
    don't usually have to think about.

    I'll be editing in Premiere and I'd like to know what comp settings
    should I use, should I do any conversions and if so how? and what
    output settings when rendering to be able to mix these and get the best
    possible result.

    Thank you in advance!
     
    FOV, Jan 15, 2007
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    Jukka Aho Guest

    There are only two "real" DVD aspect ratios:

    1) 16:9 (1.78:1)

    2) 4:3 (1.33:1)

    All other aspect ratios, when stored on a DVD, are made by first picking
    either the 4:3 or the 16:9 "base format" and then using black bars to
    contain the wider (or narrower) "active picture area" within the chosen
    frame.
    These resources might be of some help:

    <http://www.informotion.co.uk/delivery_widescreen_book.pdf>

    <http://www.snellwilcox.com/community/knowledge_center/eng
    ineering_guides/proddtv.pdf>

    <http://www.snellwilcox.com/community/knowledge_center/engi
    neering_guides/arc.pdf>
    If most of your source material is in 4:3 (12F12) format, create your
    presentation in that format.

    If most of your source material is 16:9-based (16F16 - often called
    "anamorphic"), create your presentation in that format.

    Watch out for the variations of these formats where only part of the
    frame is actually used for picture, and the rest is filled with black
    bars. For example, there are two "16:9" formats: the "real" full-screen
    16:9 (16F16) and the 4:3 variation where a 16:9-shaped active area is
    contained within a 4:3 frame (16L12). The latter format has, of course,
    less resolution than the former one, and will look worse on a big
    screen.

    This site might be helpful as well:

    <http://gregl.net/videophile/anamorphic.htm>
     
    Jukka Aho, Jan 16, 2007
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    Fishface Guest

    Generally, people who get to order us around can be pretty clueless.
    Talk to the theatre people and find-out what equipment they are using,
    and then find-out about the capabilities of that equipment.
     
    Fishface, Jan 16, 2007
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  4. FOV

    FOV Guest

    Thank you Jukka! Great answer!
    I'll read all that material and see if that sorts our things a bit.
     
    FOV, Jan 16, 2007
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