Desktop Video/Video Graphic Ratios


I am Making a 4:3 DV 720x480 Video and I want to put a Graphic over the Video but it must cover the whole Video Size.

Now I know Graphics use None Sqware Pixals so do I have to make my Graphic 655x480?

And if I want it to cover a 16:9 DV 720x480 Widescreen do I make the Graphic 873x480?

Am I right on both of these?


You're wrong on both.

Square pixels conversion from 4:3 is  640x480.
Square pixel conversion to 16:9 is 854x480

These will work and have worked in broadcast for over a decade.

Easier is designing with Adobe Photoshop as it does the screen conversion and permits you to work natively.

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I can answer questions about Final Cut, Avid, DV cameras + editing, Hi-def, production, filmmaking, DVD creation and special effects. Please do not ask me questions about your desktop, NOR your windows machine, nor ANYTHING to do with copyright infringement.


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