Aspect ratio issue

Community Beginner ,
Jan 30, 2021 Jan 30, 2021

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Hello community,

I'm brand new to Premiere pro and I'm having an issue with aspect ratio.  I've imported an SD video from a tv show into the program, 720x480 4:3, but it's stretching the video's aspect ratio and the picture is coming out looking like I tried converting it to a wider format.  When I go to sequence settings it's saying that the video is in 720x480 3:2.  I'll attach a pic of the settings.  How can I keep the proper 4:3 fullscreen when I export the file?

 

Thank you for your help.  

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Contributor , Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021
I think Richard M. Knight is on to something with the pixel aspect ratio but I would try going at it from a diffent angle.I don't think your sequence is the issue. I think Premiere is misunderstanding your footage. I've had similar issues before. Leave your pixel aspect ratio whatever you want in the sequence. Right click on your footage in the Project panel and click Modify then Interpret footage...Once there, change the pixel aspect ratio to Conform to: .9091

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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720x480 is 3:2  not 4:3 using square pixels. Try changing the 'Pixel Aspect Ratio' from Square Pixels to something like this:

 

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Thank you very much Richard.  I changed that setting, however, the picture is still importing and exporting askew.  I have attached a comparison so that you can see what's happening.  It almost looks like Adobe is compressing the footage's height.  I'm not sure why this is happening.  I've run other videos in the same aspect ratio and they turned out perfectly.  Granted they were HD and not SD, but I fail to see how that would make any difference.  Would you know why this is happening?

 

Thank you for your help.

Mark

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Hi Richard,

 

Here's another comparison for you.  The video on the left is the original file playing in a media player, and the right is the same clip in Premiere Pro.  You can see how Premiere is altering the aspect ratio oddly.  

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Post screenshot of clip analyzed in Media info in treeview.

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Hello Ann,

 

Thank you for your help with this.  I'm attaching two screenshots, the first one is the original clip and the second is the Adobe clip.  

Media Info - Original Clip.JPGMedia Info - Adobe Clip.JPG

 

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Thanks John, I will be going through these this week.  I appreciate you pointing these out to me.. I can't wait to get started.

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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I think Richard M. Knight is on to something with the pixel aspect ratio but I would try going at it from a diffent angle.

I don't think your sequence is the issue. I think Premiere is misunderstanding your footage. I've had similar issues before. Leave your pixel aspect ratio whatever you want in the sequence.

 

Right click on your footage in the Project panel and click Modify then Interpret footage...

Once there, change the pixel aspect ratio to Conform to: .9091

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Feb 01, 2021 Feb 01, 2021

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Michael, you're a lifesaver!!!!  That did the trick.  Thank you so very much for your input.  I truly appreciate it!

 

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Thank you Richard, Ann, John, and Michael for all of your help!  It's so amazing to have a community like this that springs to action when someone needs help.  You're amazing!!!

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