Confused about correct aspect ratio for PAL and NTSC projects.

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I am a bit confused about the correct capture size for projects intended for PAL (or NTSC) DVDs and TVs. Standard is 4:3. So 4 divided by 3 = 1.333.

For PAL, the screen size is 720 x 576, when divided = 1.25.
For NTSC, the screen size is 720 x 480, when divided = 1.5.
So what I am saying is, the PAL and NTSC 4:3 is not really 4:3.

There is no 720 x 576 (or 480) standardized 4:3 setting in Jing. The two closest are 640 x 480 and 800 x 600. (The true 4:3 setting would be 720 x 540).

So if I am making a video project intended for PAL TV and I want to match the screen size, should I just set my capture area to 720 x 576? (Normally I hold down the Ctrl key to ensure I get the standardized 4:3 capture size).

To confuse matters even further PAL or NTSC Widescreen 16:9 has the same size as PAL or NTSC Standard 4:3! I am told that in widescreen, the pixels are rectangular instead of square.

Does it really matter? I have found that to get the best quality capture, it is best to match pixel for pixel.

Many thanks,

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Kiwi Dazza

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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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For PAL I would try a test recording with the dimensions you mentioned there - 720 x 576 - and see how it looks.

Do you have software to transcode the mp4 from Jing Pro and get it onto DVD? Are you burning to Blu-ray or standard DVD?

Also, this forum thread might have some additional pointers.
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David M. Converse

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Classic NTSC is 512x384 at 525 scan lines. DVDs are higher-resolution but they support multiple aspect ratios as well.

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