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    Cropping a movie clip

    I have a screencast I recorded with snapz that I am editing with final cut epress HD. The problem is the recording is 640*480 and FCE will only work in DV sizes (i have checked on the apple forums). The result is the recording sites in the middle with a thick black border to pad it out to size.

    I read about croping the frame size using quicktime pro and masking but is there a free / very easy way to do this? :?

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    Virtualdub may be able to help you there it's at:

    www.virtualdub.org

    Download from:

    virtualdub.sourceforge.net

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    It is worth getting QT Pro ... the export to iPod function is a big time saver.

    I thought FCE came with QT Pro?

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    Does it! All the pro features are greyed out in the player. I think I installed everything on the disc but I will have a look at the apple site in a sec.

    I don't have a video ipod . Do students actually download vid/podcasts and play them back on their ipod rather than just through itunes / pc? Our podcasts gets hundreds of downloads but I have only ever met 3 who admitted it is on their ipod.

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    QT Pro is the way to go...

    ..mmmm..that rhymes....

    Paul :-)

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    OK, I can't see it on the dics or any of the FC bundles on the site so I guess I will have to get it on it's own.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    QT Pro is just a key that you type into the registration tab on the preferences pane. Check the manuals etc to see if there is a key there.

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    OK, so I have now managed to crop the video using a mask

    I could still use some advice from anybody on how to get the file sizes down but keep the quality. This is an area I have always struggled with, You can have a look at what I am up to here:

    http://e-subjects.co.uk/wordpress/

    I would say only go for the more recent file as the older one has not been cropped yet (not that there is much in it TBH).

    Darren

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    Re: Cropping a movie clip

    Quote Originally Posted by dagza
    OK, so I have now managed to crop the video using a mask
    Fancy dress, dagza? 8)

    I'll get me coat ops:

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