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Apple Pro Training Series: Compressor 3.5 by Brian Gary

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Chapter 8. Transforming with Geometry Settings

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  • Crop movies

  • Convert output movie dimensions

  • Convert output movie aspect ratio

  • Pad output movies

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While you’ll use the Inspector’s Encoder and Frame Controls pane for the “heavy lifting” in Compressor, in the other panes you’ll fine-tune and finesse encoding jobs. In the Geometry pane, you’ll change the output frame size, adjust the aspect ratio of the output movie, and pad the source movie inside the output frame size.

Using the Geometry Pane

Although aesthetic or logistical considerations are key when choosing frame dimensions, scaling down to a smaller output frame size is a common strategy for reducing overall file size. For example, an HD movie with a ...

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