Subtitles in VirtualDub for 16:9 anamorphic video?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Ville Saarelainen, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. Hello folks. I've been using VirtualDub and its SSA subtitler to make
    some subtitles to my videos. Now I have some videos shot as anamorphic
    16:9 which has the same resolution as normal 4:3, and the final DVD
    compliant video will be stretched when playing it. There's the problem
    with subtitles: they will be stretched too. Seems like the subtitler in
    VirtualDub doesn't support anything like shrinking text horizontally,
    which would be the best solution. :-(

    Stretching the frame up to 1024x576, adding subtitles, and shrinking
    back to 720x576 isn't a good idea, because image quality will suffer
    significantly, even when using the Lanczos method. I can't find any
    downloadable narrow version of Arial font either. Those "free fonts"
    sites are crap - clicking Download almost always takes you to a page
    which tells "$29.95".

    Any ideas for this problem? (Please don't say something like "use
    Premiere" - I will not use any giant resource-hungry editors anyway.)

    Ville Saarelainen

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    Ville Saarelainen, Oct 7, 2005
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  2. "Ville Saarelainen" wrote ...
    There are thousands of free fonts out there (including narrow
    equivalents of Arial, etc.) Ask over on and you will likely have what you want in less than 24 hours.
    They will either tell you where to get it, or post it on the NG.
    Richard Crowley, Oct 7, 2005
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  3. Ville Saarelainen

    Jukka Aho Guest

    No, it isn't. The square-pixel equivalent for "PAL" 720×576 16F16 images
    is 1050×576, not 1024×576. (1024×576 in square pixels would equal to
    702×576 (52 µs) in DVD pixels.)
    Jukka Aho, Oct 8, 2005
  4. Thanks. I asked about it, and got Arial Narrow which seems to be about
    20 % narrower than normal Arial, and it seems to be acceptable to my


    Ville Saarelainen

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    Ville Saarelainen, Oct 8, 2005
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