FCP TIP: Changing 4×3 to 16×9 //Anamorphic// Custom Column Layout

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How to change 4×3 footage to 16×9 (Anamorphic)? How do I create my own column layout?

If you haven’t captured your footage yet, scroll down to the bottom to find out how to prevent this issue.

So this is the most asked question I get. I actually remember when I didn’t
know the answer, it was 2003 and I was in Australia, a hot guy who I was teaching video to asked me, I had to act fast in order to impress him. And I did, figure out how to change the aspect ratio, not impress him. He thought I was a geek.

Here we go. ONE WAY:
Command Zero or Settings>Sequence Settings.

Check your SEQUENCE SETTINGS to ANAMORPHIC 16:9

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)

4×3 is hardly used, it was once the standard TV screen  and projector size. But now everyone has a widescreen TV, projector, or web video. There are two ways that I use to  change my video from 4×3 to 16×9.

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)

You can double click on your footage in the time line and it opens up in your VIEWER window. Click on the MOTION tap and go down to your ASPECT RATIO.

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)

There you see the number 33.3, well change it to 0.

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)

You might have to re-drop it in your time line if it hasn’t already changed.

SECOND WAY:
In your BROWSER window you can check mark the ANAMORPHIC.

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
Column Layout

Your can add the ANAMORPHIC option to your BROWER window by right clicking on the title bar.

change 4x3 footage to 16x9 (Anamorphic)
Column Layout

There you will see a list of options, you will see ANAMORPHIC. Pick the information you will use often, then save it where it says SAVE COLUMN LAYOUT. Then next time you can chose LOAD COLUMN LAYOUT and it will bring it up.  I have ANAMORPHIC/DESCRIPTION/SCENE/SHOT TAKE / REEL/ LAST MODIFIED on my column layout which I named MB.

Column Layout
Column Layout

To prevent this drama, just set your capture settings to Anamorphic if you are capturing DV.

Capturing DV
Capturing DV

Adjust your setting accordingly, if you pull down the menu it will give you some standard setups. You can even create your own. You can find this out in one of my future Rookie Tutorials //How to capture DV & HDV

Capturing DV
Capturing DV

Don’t let anyone know you are a video rookie. Look professional and pretend you know what you are doing or to save time google the question.

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Author: Moniemuse

Video Editor & Media Department Director

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