Trouble with Letterbox

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by unluckystar, Sep 12, 2003.

  1. unluckystar

    unluckystar Guest


    I'm in the process of editing a film. I'm editing the DV video in Ulead
    VideoStudio and saving each scene as seperate .avi files. One stupid mistake
    I made whilst filming is that some scenes are recorded with letterbox added
    while other scenes aren't.
    I guess I either software to add the same sort of letterbox to the scenes
    without and maybe "cut" the letterbox out of all of the clips so I get a
    sort of film in widescreen!(?)
    Please help...
    unluckystar, Sep 12, 2003
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  2. unluckystar

    David Mullen Guest

    I'd probably finish the piece and then create a separate master where you
    add letterboxing over everything, even the already letterboxed footage, just
    enough matting to barely cover or match exactly the old letterboxing so the
    entire piece is consistent. This is assuming that the non-letterboxed
    pieces were composed to be matted over. If not, those shots may have to be
    repositioned shot-by-shot to look correctly framed after matting.

    David Mullen
    David Mullen, Sep 12, 2003
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  3. unluckystar

    unluckystar Guest

    The shots weren't really taken thinking we'd add letter box - it's a home
    movie and it's a little slip up that's really annoying. Could you suggest
    software to add letterbox or even software that could also help me position
    the non-letterbox footage within some sort of frame (maybe I'm asking a
    lot). Just some way of salvaging what footage we have without having to do
    it again.
    unluckystar, Sep 12, 2003

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    Charles Tomaras, Sep 12, 2003
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