After you render your project in 16:9, re-render the new video into a 4:3 frame. This will allow a 4:3 tv to show your entire video, but with black bars top and bottom. You can still play this on a widescreen tv, but the viewer will need to use the zoom function of the tv to crop out the black bars.
Sometimes I just render a project this way and keep both files.
did that make any sense?
Thanks for the idea. What I did was take a 16:9 video clip and toss it into a newly made 4:3 project and burned it to a DVD... While it certainly looked better (wasn't nearly as cut off), it still was cut off on the sides a bit... At least on my TV.
Is this the method you meant, or was there something else?
Also - something to note. When I play it in VLC player, it shows perfectly on the 4:3 aspect screen - so it seems to have the right idea, but it's still cutting off on my TV (maybe an inch on each side)... Is there anything else I can do - or is it perhaps just a drawback of DVD players and 4:3 tvs - that maybe they just don't always show the image the way you intended it?
I ask all this simply because I want to be able to make my videos without all the worry about how it will look on various tvs... I film in 16:9, but I just want the videos to be viewed properly on whatever TV the person is watching the DVD on. So I'm not sure what to do. I don't really want to set my camera to 4:3 and film that way, because I'm sure in the future every TV will be 16:9 - so I want to keep it "future proof".
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