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With the recent release of the iPad, Final Cut editors will no doubt be producing content for the iPad. The million dollar question becomes, how? I'm sure in the near future there will be some Apple presets for accomplishing this goal, but until then we can certainly get by.

Let me first say that the iPad rocks, and there are going to be endless video opportunities for this clever little device. Since the iPad's resolution is 1024x768, there are no simple output options for creating video specifically for the iPad. However the Apple TV settings are a great choice for exporting all of your non 1024x768 sequences. The iPad will letterbox the video, and when viewing from the landscape position, will give you the ability to fill the screen.

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To export a video out of Final Cut Pro that automatically fills the entire screen I created a custom sequence in Final Cut that is 1024x768, and drug my completed sequence into the custom sequence. When asked if I wanted to conform the sequence to the settings of the original sequence being brought in, I said NO, and then fit the imported sequence to the Canvas.
iPad_sequence.gifSince the iPad has the ability to lock out the IPS (In Plane Switching) function it is likely that we will produce video for the portrait veiw of the iPad. When this happens it does not appear that we can simply swap the dimensions to 768x1024. Instead you may up with a sore neck editing sideways in a 1024x768 sequence, but you have to admit it opens up a whole new world of possibilities to produce video specifically for the iPad.

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