I am making a still in premiere pro CS2 to use to run titles over. The video being used to grab the still from is in 16:9 format but when I bring the still back in to the editing programme it is in 4:3 format and I can't see any way to change this. Anyone got any experience of this can point me to the probably obvious simple fix? Thanks

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I believe (without a little searching first) that Premier CS2 only support 4:3 standard definition video as it was release in 2005, before the boom of high definition video. I wish I could offer a solution, but as far as I know there isn't one for CS2.

Maybe render it in Handbrake first?

You just need to crop the 16:9 image into a 4:3 aspect ratio first. Photoshop or a similar program will do that. 

I'm taking a stab in the dark here, but try ensuring your output is set for "square pixels". It may even be as simple as ensuring the output on the still is 16;9, you have various options. If you have it set for 16:9 & square pixels, it should be good to go as 16:9. If not, I'm as lost on the mystery as you are.

What are the pixel dimensions of your video footage?

Strange that Premiere wouldn't handle widescreen, I was working only on widescreen tv programs from around 1998.   They were still standard definition PAL though, 720 x 576 pixels.  (In USA, it would have been NTSC 720 x 480 pixels.)  That's what video tape could handle, so the way around it was to squeeze the image to the standard number of pixels, then a widescreen TV could stretch the pixels out so they fill the wider screen.   So if your video footage was standard def widescreen anamorphic, once it went into a square pixel format it would go approximately 4x3 (because the old standard def video isn't even correct 4x3, the pixels are  slightly wide if it's PAL, slightly tall if it's ntsc).

I stretch anamorphic widescreen video frames in Photoshop to 1024 x 576 if it's PAL, 854 x 480 if it's NTSC, so it is square pixel 16 x 9.  Then it comes up the right shape in any software, whether it's video or still photos.

Hi Def formats are already square pixel with true 16 x 9 ratio.  That goes for both 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x 720.    

Nick is right - I forgot that SD (if you are working in SD & not HD) stretched the pixels to create true widescreen (the digital version of a panavision camera and projection lenses squeezing and un-squeezing an image). So the answer may be the reverse of what I suggested. If nothing else, you can un-constrain the proportions of your image size in photoshop, and type in 720 x 576 and see if it does the trick without creating too much aliasing.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions, chaps. Have also gone back to that old saying 'If at first you can't make it work, try reading the manual'. The solution I've come up with is to create a freeze frame which is giving me a nice steady frame to lay the title on and also retains the soundtrack, in this case an advantage. Thanks again. Keith.

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