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  • Tue, Dec 13 2011 10:20 PM

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    Quick question

    There are two simple things that have changed over the last few versions that I haven't figured out.

    Been meaning to ask for some time now.

    1. How can I change my windows to 4:3 when in a 16:9 project?  (Used to be a simple right click on the program window)

    2. When using the "red move tool" what has replaced "control" for keeping it locked in place horizontally?

     

    Thanks for your help

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 12:05 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    Go to format tab and switch it there from 16:9 to 4:3 and vice versa.

    There is the Smarto Tool for those things but I am not sure what you mean.

     

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 1:26 AM In reply to

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    Re: Quick question

    Thanks for your reply,

    Unfortunately, the format tab only works when you are in NTSC or PAL.  Once in an HD format it is grey'd out.

    I've often needed to use the same material for multiple purposes and it was very convenient to be able to toggle between the the two formats to resize and gauge proportion.

     

    As for the "Smart Tool"  As an example, if I want to move an audio track to a different track, without losing sync, I was able to click on the red arrow, hold the control button and drag it up or down without it moving +/- from sync.

    Now if I do that a menu appears.  I know it is probably some similar keystroke, but that's what I'm asking for.

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 1:49 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    Yes this is natural as there is no 4:3 HD ;)

    Ctrl + works here on PC.

    But there are issues with Ctrl + or Alt+ at MC6.

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 1:50 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    duckyou:

    As for the "Smart Tool"  As an example, if I want to move an audio track to a different track, without losing sync, I was able to click on the red arrow, hold the control button and drag it up or down without it moving +/- from sync.

    Now if I do that a menu appears.

    It is now CMD + SHIFT to drag vertically and stay horizontally constrained. See this comprehensive list of Media Composer Keyboard Shortcuts.

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 2:02 AM In reply to

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    Re: Quick question

    Larry, 

    As always, you're da man.  Thanks and happy holidays!

    Chuck

     

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 2:15 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    You're quite welcome, Chuck. Always glad to help out. And Happy Holidays to you and yours, too!Yes

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 2:26 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    duckyou:
    1. How can I change my windows to 4:3 when in a 16:9 project?  (Used to be a simple right click on the program window)

    You can still do that.  Right-click on the Composer window>Project Aspect Ratio and choose 16:9 or 4:3.  But, as pointed out - the option is greyed out in HD.  

     

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 2:37 AM In reply to

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    Re: Quick question

    Thanks Kenton,

     it's sad that we still get requests for 4:3 versions of projects and I was probably the only one using the format toggle for this.  I currently change the format to NTSC and work that way. Just another step in a day filled with many steps.

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  • Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:34 PM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    Remember that in an SD project, you aren't changing the size of the frame when you switch from 4x3 to 16x9 and vice versa...it's still a 720 x 486 image.  You're just changing whether you're viewing it anamorphically or not.

    In HD, since there is no 4x3, you actually have to change the frame size from 1920x1080 to 720x486, for example.  That's why you have to switch the project type.

    If you have hardware I/O, you can use the "downconvert" option to work HD and display a letterbox, anamorphic, or center cut SD version at the same time.

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  • Thu, Dec 15 2011 1:27 AM In reply to

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    Re: Quick question

    Thanks Kevin,

    I do understand that.  It was purely a visual reference for resizing at export.  I would throw up the 4:3 window, resize so that it looked good and although it looked squished or stretched back in the 16:0 window it exported perfectly.

    Using the IO to do the same thing is a brilliant suggestion.

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  • Thu, Dec 15 2011 1:36 AM In reply to

    Re: Quick question

    Another very helpful tool I use quite often is the "4:3 inside 16:9" mode of the grid tool

    Newscutter Nitris DX 9.5.3.5 * Media Composer 5.5.3.6 (At Home on PC running XP Pro) * Symphony 6.5.2.1 (At home on MacBook Pro3,1 running 10.7.2) * Interplay... [view my complete system specs]

    Larry Rubin

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