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Exporting DVD Footage for Computer/Web: What Aspect Ratio & Resolution?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 03, 2022 Dec 03, 2022

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Hello,
I have DVDs (4:3) of home movies that I want to convert to files that properly display on a family member's computer, phone, and TV. I copied the .VOB files to a hard drive, merged them together as MPEG-2 files (720x480, NTSC (0.9)), then imported them into a Premiere Pro timeline to perform cuts and add transitions.

What aspect ratio and resolution settings should I use during export for viewing on the devices mentioned? I assume the PAR needs to be square. I've tried export tests using H.264 at 640x480 (4:3), 720x480 (3:2), and 1280x720 (16:9), but I don't know which is correct.
Thank you.

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Dec 03, 2022 Dec 03, 2022

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Square-pixel file at 720x534.

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Thank you Ann. That keeps it at 4:3 with square pixels. Why do some still recommend 640x480? Also, what is the difference between scaling a clip directly on the timeline, and scaling in the export window? I scaled a clip up 104% to clean up the distortions on the edges and it looks fine. Should I be scaling in the export window instead? Additionally, should I crop the source to 4:3 in the export window, yielding a resolution of 705x480?

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