Your chance to win a Nikon Z 50 Camera Kit!

Can I change aspect ratios of video footage?


Dabber 18 235 England
29 Jun 2020 11:58AM
I have quite a few VHS tapes of my family and various recording taken in and around my hometown from about 1980. Iím slowly getting these converted to digital, but in the main they are 4:3 aspect ratio. Since tellys now are generally 16:9 I would like to get the old stuff to 16:9.
Iím assuming itís possible since a lot of old broadcast programs were 4:3, the likes of Dadís Army and Last of the Summer Wine to name a couple. Now depending who broadcasts them now, they either appear 4:3 with black bands down the edges, or fill the 16:9 with no signs of stretching or cropping.
Has anyone got any knowledge of this, and can it be done with an app or plug in to Adobe Premiere Elements?
Hopefully there may be someone on this site who is familiar with this topic and can point me in the right direction, thanks for looking.
Dabber

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

shagnasty 13 52
29 Jun 2020 12:35PM
Anything digital is possible, but it does come at a cost....in terms of quality. Squashed pixels might be ok in some situations but when people are there.....not so good.
Have a look at this guy on YouTbe. Might help you decide which way to go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5avl8aSvf4

Hope this helps
Pat
Bridgelayer 13 707 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2020 10:17AM
You can definitely do it on Proshow Gold and output to video. Just zoom in on the clip and Robert is your mother's brother.

Main snag is Proshow have gone but they have another prog that is called Photopia which is subscription and not cheap.
IanYorke 7 24 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2020 4:54PM
Why would you want to distort the video? Just accept black bars on the side people are used to that and they will thank you for not making them fat Smile
Ian
Carabosse 17 41.4k 270 England
8 Jul 2020 3:14PM
You can zoom in as indicated but you don't get something for nothing... you can "lose" tops of heads and other details at the top and bottom of the moving image.
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Jul 2020 3:35PM
When 4:3 is converted to 16:9 for TV broadcast the crop is not performed as across the frames but moved (frame by frame if necessary) to ensure the important elements are in frame, this is then mixed with a small percentage of anamorphic distortion (stretching), not the full 33 percent that would be needed.
Carabosse 17 41.4k 270 England
8 Jul 2020 4:18PM

Quote:When 4:3 is converted to 16:9 for TV broadcast the crop is not performed as across the frames but moved (frame by frame if necessary)


Correct - but we are not talking about broadcast-quality video editing (or software) here!Tongue

Just a bit of zooming in using Premiere Elements.
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
9 Jul 2020 7:34AM
So zooming is available and so is stuff like Pixel Aspect Ratio. It depends on how much time you would want to give each project.

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.