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Final Cut Pro 4:3 media mixed with Hi Def Sequence

Check out this short tutorial that demonstrates how to re-format your old 4x3 media so it mixes or fits with your hi def 1080i media.
Okay, so we will all run into this issue sooner than later when you've got some old footage from one of those unforgettable vacations.  

The problem is, it's on Mini-DV or worse yet VHS tape.

So, how do you convert your media so it looks okay on your widescreen television set?

Start by right clicking on your sequence within the Final Cut Pro browser window.

Then choose settings from the contextual menu.

Then click on the Load Sequence Preset button.

In this example, I'll choose Apple Pro Res LT 1920-1080 60i.

Go ahead and edit your clip to the new sequence.

A dialogue box will appear, asking you whether or not you'd like to match the sequence settings to your clips.

Press no.

Because the original footage is 4:3 and we are now working within a 16:9 sequence, you will have to zoom in to hide the black borders.

Double click on your clip within the timeline.

Then click on the Motion tab at the top of the Viewer window.

Adjust the scale parameter until the blacks edges disappear.

Now, if you choose, you can quickly go through all your clips and add edit points between each scene change.

To do this, use the keyboard shortcut control V to add edit points between each scene.

When you are done, and if you decide you don't want a particular clip, you can delete it by highlighting it and pressing the shift  + delete keys.  

Okay, you may also want to adjust the area within each clip that's been cropped out.

Click on the Video tab at the top of the Viewer window.

Set the playhead sync menu to open.

Navigate over to the top of canvas window and set the view menu button to Image + Wireframe.

Now you can drag the playhead through the Canvas and make changes to any areas where you need more or less headroom.

Move down to the timeline window and press command A to highlight all your clips.

Right click on them and choose make independent clip from the contextual menu.

Now drag all the clips into the Browser window.

Since the clips are all independent, you can give each clip it's own unique name.

The beauty of this workflow, is that all these clips point to the same original master clip.

Therefore it's much easier to manage your media.

That's it!  

For other great tips like this, or to enroll in a Final Cut Pro training course, visit GeniusDV.com
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