Maintain aspect ratio help

Farside

New member
From the Help file:
Maintain aspect ratio: If you check this box, then you change one dimension the opposite dimension is changed to maintain the original aspect ratio of the video. For example if you expand the video in the vertical dimension (top or bottom), the horizontal dimensions will changed automatically to preserve the original aspect ratio.


This is how I remember the option performing prior to reinstalling Vista this week.
But now, for some reason, when trying to make a 'TV safe area' I get a weird result.
I'm recording a 4:3 TV show broadcast in 16:9 pillar box.
In the Video and Cropping section I'm setting the preset to 'Pillar Box to Standard' and ticking 'Maintain Aspect Ratio'... great.
Looks like this:



But the second I go to lower any value the aspect ratio is lost.

Here's an example of what happens when I lower "Left" or "Right" by just 1 value.



And again when I change the "Top" or "Bottom" by the same value.


I'm new to VRD so I can't be 100% sure that this is the same exact method I used prior to the reinstall but I'm pretty darn sure it is and it used to work perfectly. Am I forgetting something or is this simply not right?
I'm using the same version (3-1-4-551) I was last week and even the same install file (I still had it on one of my other HDD's).

Any insight on my problem?
 

Farside

New member
Hi Pat,
I uninstalled 551 and installed 557 but the issue remains.

The "only" difference from this install of Vista to the last install of Vista is I'm using newer Nvidia drivers. (just trying to give any possible pertinent info I can)
 

Farside

New member
In the meantime I have a question.
After selecting Pillar Box to Standard, (with Maintain Aspect Ratio off)
if I lower both left and right by 20, I would have to lower the Top & Bottom by 15 to maintain a 4:3 ratio, correct?

btw, I tried installing VRD on my XP machine and it does the same thing as my Vista machine does with 4:3... so I'm second guessing whether this ever worked for me with 4:3, I know I did a 4:3 DVD but now think I didn't bother with TV safe... I know I did a few DVD's with 16:9 programming and believe I sucessfully made a TV Safe area with those using this method as I can currently do it without the above problem.

btw, a "Pillar Box to Standard w/TV Safe Area" would make for a great preset 'out of the box'. :)
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
I just tired this and I can reproduce the problem. I'll check it out and see if I can fix it.

Dan
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
OK after playing with this a bit I see why it's doing what it's doing. The maintain aspect ratio function is designed to maintain the original aspect ratio of the video. You're trying to crop it down to 4:3 and then maintain the new aspect ratio.

I believe I found a way to achieve this while also maintaining the original functionality. It should be in the next release.

Dan
 
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