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Subtitles and Different Aspect Ratios in DVD Studio Pro

Advancements in Prosumer camera technology have provided the producer with choices that just a short while ago were not available to the general public. Choose your poison: 4:3, 16:9, 24p, 24pa, the list goes on. If you are going to utilize subtitles in your next project there are special considerations when you add them to a track with its display set to one of the 16:9 options!

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Normal Text Subtitles and 16:9:

The subtitles that you create in DVD Studio Pro on a 16:9 track will appear stretched horizontally on a monitor that displays 16:9. Choose a narrow font to offset this distortion. If you play back a 16:9 track on a 4:3 monitor using letterbox or pan-scan method, the text will appear natural.

Normal Overlay Graphic Subtitles and 16:9

Overlay graphics on a 16:9 tracks must be anamorphic (horizontally compressed) to appear natural on a 16:9 monitor. This graphic will appear horizontally squeezed on a 4:3 monitor.

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