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Final Cut Pro X Video Tutorial: Convert 4:3 to 16:9

Matt Hibbard

Learn how to correctly conform 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio in FCPX.

Although many video editors work almost exclusively with aspect ratios of 16:9 HD or greater, time may come when the job requires consistent marrying of a lesser ratio like 4:3 SD, 640 x 480. Fortunately, there are great tricks & tools within FCPX to compensate for a lack of pixel information.

Converting footage with ratios lesser than 16:9 can prove challenging when keeping everything in check: warping, stretching and quality reduction are the usual suspects when conforming footage. Subtle and tasteful distortion of the image is pinnacle to convincingly change aspect ratios.

This video tutorial by Dan Allen explains in detail how to correctly conform 4:3 to 16:9 in FCPX. The concepts of this tutorial can be applied to achieving other aspect ratios in FCPX:

  • Determine aspect ratio
  • Spatial conform tool
  • Transform tool
  • Crop tool
  • Add film-grade noise filter for clarity
  • Add sharpen filter

This video tutorial was first shared to us by Dan Allen’s YouTube Channel. Thanks Dan!

How do you conform your aspect ratios? Share in the comments below.