Final Cut Pro 6 - Outputting Anamorphic Video to Tape

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Outputting Anamorphic Video to Tape

When outputting an edited sequence to tape using anamorphic video, you have two
choices, depending on what kind of equipment you want to play back from:

 Output as is, with the video appearing squeezed on a 4:3 monitor: This is the preferred

option if you’re planning to play back your video on a monitor that will compensate
for the proper aspect ratio, or if you’re planning to transfer to film. High-end
broadcast monitors can rescale for 16:9 at the push of a button. Some specialty
widescreen monitors, popular with home theater enthusiasts, will do this as well.
Some DVD players can letterbox or stretch anamorphic video on playback, so you
can keep your video in native 16:9 mode.

 Letterbox your video if you’re unsure how it will be viewed: If you’re unsure who is going

to be viewing the tape and you want to guarantee undistorted playback on a standard
4:3 monitor, you can letterbox your sequence by nesting it in a 4:3 sequence. For more
information about adding 16:9 footage to a 4:3 sequence, see Volume III, Chapter 30,
“Working with Mixed-Format Sequences.”