Forgot what I said before. I had to add the 16:9 instead of 4:3 sidebar and leave thesettings (4:3) as they are...now it looks a lot better!
It's only valid to have 4:3 in an SD project. So in an HD project it all has to be 16:9 hence the aspect options are grayed out.
But SD material in an HD project will still have the reformat column option and this will allow you to add pillarbox bars to 4:3 content to allow it to fit and look correct in 16:9 (the only type) HD
The resize option only allows you to change how you manage the pillarboxing and if you want more zoom or not.
Just done a test and a quick bit of maths and if you add a resize effect to a stretched 4:3 shot and adjust the X scale from 100 % to 72% it should add the black bars left and right as the re-format effect does.
Make sure the fixed aspect ratio is unticked or it will make the Y follow the X.
The advantage now is you can adjust the scale of X and Y up a bit if you want to zoom more and have less black bars.
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Thanks for all your help / advice in this...it worked out fine! I will try the resize option this weekend Pat, to see the difference with the reformat one.
The only thing lacking - to close this project - is the output in 3gp / mp4 format for cell phones. I exported the same project in a QuickTime file, but it doesn't show my first sec (faster motion and title) and (moving) end credits well. The original time line / file seems to work well in Avid??
If I export it to wmv, there is no problem and it all shows fine. But that is already too less quality to convert it (again) to mp4/3gp.
It is weird...
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