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Paul McGurkenfarklein says...Thanks Lee and sorry if I appear too narky too early. I only mentioned it because when a 4:3 is stretched to a 16:9 without zooming, it doesn't look right. I regard film as a document and it should be presented in its original format so we can be faithful to it. For example the Oswald shooting and the Zapruder film IMO should be left unenhanced. However, I don't see anything wrong with using a good quality 16:9 zoomed conversion for artistic purposes. I recently downloaded a PBS Kennedy doco and the 16:9 conversion on some original footage was amazing. I know we are no PBS but I believe in being contemporary and personally I find the 16:9 format more pleasing aesthetically speaking.
Another issue we might face is fucking copyright. But that really is raining it early doors (had to look that up Lee. First time I have heard it)
Lee Farley says...Hi Paul
Something I haven't really been considering at this stage but will check later. I'm sure there is. There will be ups and downs to this in so far as using the original aspect ratio on some clips versus using 16:9 on others will have an effect of black bars running down the sides on some footage and not on others. For some, cinema aficionados like myself, this is what they would want because you will be seeing the original aspect ratio of the film as shot. For others, they'll be sat wondering why the picture keeps changing format.
An additional issue is that some of the original footage that I currently have has already had the 16:9 conversion applied to it. I'm sure the original aspect ratio footage exists out there but finding it in every case, should I require a particular shot, would become even more time consuming.
Let me try answering your question tonight when I get home and then we'll make a decision on what format we are all happy with?
Thanks for raining this early doors
Paul McGurkenfarklein says...Lee, is there a provision to adapt the screen ratio so it doesn't appear too stretched on some of the 4:3 clips? I know zooming them to 16:9 can sometimes fix it but it can lead to loss of resolution.
Lee Farley says...Okay. Test number two. Been playing with multi-layering of sound (music and effects) and also how easy it is to cut down video and insert. The edit points can be a bit frustrating and I'm not happy with a few of the dissolves.
The software can be a little bit time intensive the more you add complexity to what you are doing but speed with come with experience. Feedback again would be welcome. Likes, dislikes, ideas, or questions.
After playing around again with it I'm more confident that we can produce something of pretty decent quality.
"Well, I can assure you so far as the FBI is concerned, the case will be continued in an open classification for all time." J. Edgar Hoover, Warren Commission Testimony, 1964
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