Weird Aspect ratio for project

Editguy43 wrote on 7/27/2013, 12:15 AM
I just received some footage from a client to add to some other and make it one dvd. Anyway the footage on the DVD was shot from a phone (not sure what kind) but the extension is.3gp, Vegas reads it fine but he shot it with the phone vertical and the res. is 544x960 the other footage on the DV tape is regular SD.

I have never had this kind of problem before and is there any way to fix the vertical footage.
I tried to use fit to frame and it just stretches it out the point that it is unviewable.

Any thoughts would be welcome.


Byron K wrote on 7/27/2013, 2:08 AM
Maybe you can render just the vertical footage out as a 1080 project against an alpha background then bring the rendered footage back into the main project?
John_Cline wrote on 7/27/2013, 2:46 AM
I just want to scream when I see people shooting vertical video with their cell phones. Cell phone manufacturers should use the orientation sensor in the phone to prevent video from being recorded until you turn the phone to its "proper" orientation.
Arthur.S wrote on 7/27/2013, 4:24 AM
Well if it's been shot that way, why change it? The only way to get it to 16:9 is to crop/zoom in, which will lose a heck of a lot of what's been shot. If it's dropped into a 16:9 project, Vegas shouldn't stretch it unless you ask it to. You'll just see black bars left/right.
Editguy43 wrote on 7/27/2013, 12:16 PM
@ John I agree whole heartedly that should be a standard built into all phones and tablets.

@Arthur, that is what I figured to (at 1am) not only is it vertical it is also very low res so any cropping of stretching makes it totally pixled out. Thanks for the help and comments.

Paul B
musicvid10 wrote on 7/27/2013, 8:19 PM
"The only way to get it to 16:9 is to crop/zoom in,"

Or, simply lay it on its side . . .
wwjd wrote on 7/27/2013, 8:27 PM
creatively rock it 70's style:

line 3 or 4 of them next to each other across the screen.

for an added Andy Worhol meets Austin Powers, change some of them to bright greens, yellow and blues!
TheHappyFriar wrote on 7/27/2013, 9:00 PM
I know that aspect ration CAN be useful (for digital signage), but at that resolution???
wwaag wrote on 7/27/2013, 9:05 PM
Here's what I do for using 4:3 footage in a 16:9 project. It's not as extreme as the footage you have, but you might find the approach useful. Duplicate the track with the top being the desired footage at the correct aspect ratio. For the bottom track pan/crop to 16:9 to fill the frame and lighten the image (e.g. set output levels to 128-232). Then do a freeze frame so there is no movement in the background which is quite distracting. And finally, for the top track, create a mask to feather the transition from the main image to the background. The human visual system is very sensitive to sharp edges and movement. Since you probably want "something" in the background to fill the screen rather than simply black, this approach at least attempts to reduce the amount of distraction the background will invoke in the viewer.


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