Final Cut Express: DV widescreen 16:9 workflow for iDVD

When you export an anamorphic 16:9 DV Sequence from Final Cut Express with the intention of burning a DVD-Video disc of that sequence in iDVD, you may need to adjust the dimensions of the movie during export. This may be necessary because in some cases, Final Cut Express does not include the widescreen aspect ratio information that iDVD looks for.

Note: This issue relates specifically to DV format files.

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Before you export, take the following steps to adjust the dimensions of your video so that it will have the correct aspect ratio in iDVD:

  1. In Final Cut Express, select the sequence you want to export in the Browser.
  2. Choose File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion.
  3. Click Options to reveal the Movie Settings window.
  4. Click Settings in the Video section of the Movie Settings window to open the Standard Video Compression Settings window.
  5. From the Compression Type menu, choose DV/DVCPRO — NTSC if your sequence is NTSC or choose DV — PAL if your sequence uses the PAL video standard.
  6. Choose 16:9 from the Aspect Ratio menu.
  7. Click OK to return to the Movie Settings window.
  8. Click Size to reveal the Export Size Settings window.
  9. From the Dimensions menu, choose Custom, then type the following dimensions:
    • For NTSC, 854 x 480
    • For PAL, 1024 x 576
  10. Click OK to return to the Movie Settings window.
  11. Click OK to return to the Save window.
  12. Type a name, select a location and click Save to finish.

Now you're ready to create a widescreen iDVD project that will handle the exported movie as intended.

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