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Sometime when you output video, you want these black bars at the top and the bottom. This is referred to as Letter Boxing. We associate these bars with the experience of going to a movie. So it seems very cinematic. So a lot of places, like I've been in lot of film competitions, and they require this letter boxing at the top and bottom of your footage. Some people hate it, but let me show you how to do it, whether you like it or not. So I'm going to select this clip and actually delete it. The way this is done is we're going to take an HD clip, and this clip is actually much wider than it is tall.
It's 1920 x 1080, almost twice as wide as it is tall. What I have here is a Standard NTSC DV sequence. This is full screen regular standard definition television here, 720 x 480, not quite double as wide as it is tall. So I put this footage into my 720 x 480 sequence. It's obviously way too big, but I'm going to select the clip here, then in the Effect Controls panel, open up Motion, and take the Scale value and click and drag to the left on this to reduce it.
Once we get to, in this case 35%, it's going to be perfectly the right size where we can see now all of our footage. We get the top bars and bottom bars. So we don't actually build those bars per se. We just shrink our widescreen footage down into a sequence that's not quite as wide, and then it automatically creates these bars at the top and bottom for us.
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