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Mixing 16:9 and 4:3 clips in Avid Xpress

As the 16:9 craze slowly catches on, many Avid editors will come across the issue of using mixed aspect ratios. What do you do if you you need to mix together 16:9 and 4:3 material in the same timeline?

Fortunately, their is a great feature in the Avid software where you can apply an effect to a filler track (usually the top most track), and that effect will ripple down through all your other edits.

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In this case, a resize effect was used to make true 16 x 9 material appear properly letter-boxed within a 4:3 standard television screen. GeniusDV has a full tutorial on dealing with 16:9 aspect ratios and resizing them for 4:3 television.

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Capturing 720p30 and 720p24 DVCPRO HD Video was the previous entry in this blog.

Supported Graphics Cards with Avid Xpress Pro is the next entry in this blog.

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