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Trying to decide what's the best aspect film ratios for your indie films?

Mike gives a detailed overview of the different aspect ratios using just a regular HD camera that shoots in 16:9 as well as using Premiere Pro.

Back in 1953 the film aspect ration of 1.85:1 was invented. This continued for many years and is still used today in some Hollywood films. In the early 70's Panavision created the 2.35:1 aspect ratio which most films use today. This ratio worked well with their anamorphic 35mm cameras and delivered the "wide" widescreen.

We filmmakers always strive to replicate the look of film. What key features do we use?

1) 24p (23.976 fps)
2) Shallow Depth of Field
3) Color Correction
4) 2.35:1 aspect ratio

Watch how Mike shows how to achieve this film option using Premiere Pro. Once your production is finished with the editing process, you can then export your film in the 2:35:1 ratio for publishing to the web or authoring to DVD and or blu-ray. The export resolution for both the 1080p and 720p formats are:

1920 x 800
1280 x 533

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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