[This article was first published in the November, 2010, issue of
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Randy White asks:
I have a TV program that is 4×3 and now I have a station that wants it in the 16×9 format. How do I upsize my original 4×3 video to 16×9?
Larry replies: The easiest way is using Final Cut, though Compressor is also an option.
Simply drop your finished 4:3 sequence into a 16:9 timeline using the same codec and re-export.
You’ll get black bars on the sides of your image, but your images will be intact, without cropping.
If you need to fill the frame, you’ll need to crop a portion of your image at the top and the bottom to get it to fit properly; plus the image will look a little grainy and blurry. Because you are cropping the image, you also run the risk of losing something essential in the image.
I’d suggest going with the black edges to preserve your image.
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