It's been a long summer, but thanks to lots of help from people on here, and a natty TimeBase Corrector from Lord Smurf, I'm now amassing quite a collection of raw AVI (Lagaraith or Huffyuv
) capture files. The time has come to start sorting them out, and I'm after some more advice.
The files in question will end up in two formats - MPEG2 for authoring onto DVDs to be sent back to the original tape owners, and H264 MP4s so they can be played on a Kodi box that accesses my home media server.
The sum total of editing required is a fade in (video and audio) and a fade out (video and audio), plus some chapter markers so I can jump to various points in the video on DVD (and, ultimately, on the MP4 files).
I don't believe that VirtualDub
can do audio fades and I have a sub to Adobe Premiere Pro anyway, so I'm trying to use that for this editing and Adobe Media Encoder for final output. And this is where the confusion begins.
Here's the question, therefore. These files will almost certainly end up being watched on a widescreen LCD television (in the case of my MP4s, they definitely will). So do I edit them and stretch them to that aspect ratio etc in Premiere Pro and output them that way? Or do I keep them in the original aspect ratio during editing and then use Adobe Media Encoder to stretch the image to fill a widescreen ratio during final output? I am aware, of course, that there is a bit of a penalty in quality by doing this - but I'd rather have the footage filling the screen instead of big black lines down either side of the picture.
Any advice gratefully received, as always.