February 14, 2017 at 1:11PM, Edited February 14, 1:12PM


Shooting in 4:3

Hey, could I ask for some advice?

I'm planning to make a short film which switches between 4:3 and 16:9. I'm shooting on a 600D, which has the option to shoot at 4:3 in 480p (I haven't installed magic lantern yet).

I'm wondering what is the best way to achieve a 4:3 aspect ratio. I can either shoot it in 480p on my camera, shoot it in 1080p 16:9 on the camera and then introduce black bars on the sides in post (but this makes it difficult to frame the shots for a 4:3 ratio) , or...another way?

Would shooting in 480p yield a significantly worse image quality? (I've done some quick tests and I can't see a huge difference, but maybe I'm just deeply ignorant...)



You could just put some tape over the screen's parts you don't need as kind of aspect ratio bars.
There is a difference of course in resolution. You may not see it while just looking at the footage but when you grade it you will notice it because the resolution and the codec are much weaker.

February 14, 2017 at 1:31PM, Edited February 14, 1:31PM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Ok that sounds like a good idea, thanks!

Sami Abdul-Razzak

February 15, 2017 at 1:41AM

Yes. It would. Just record in 1080 throughout and add aspect ratio bars in post

February 15, 2017 at 10:42AM


Just don't switch aspect ratios. Its not a good idea. Its a cheap way to show a significant change in your film. Change what is in the frame instead, change how you shoot it based on the perspective of the characters. You'll learn more.

February 18, 2017 at 8:06AM

Indie Guy

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