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Exporting 16:9 sequence with 4:3 video hiding track behind it?

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I have a 16:9 project with some 4:3 video clips and an image track below it as a background. In the sequence preview, i can see the image track but when exporting the project to video, the 4:3 clip doesn't allow the image track to show at either left/right sides; it's black. I don't want to crop the 4:3 clip as I have several other clips in the project. Isn't there a way to get this done without cropping the 4:3 to its size? It's very annoying that the sequence preview is not a true preview of the export. Thanks.

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Test a few things...

Choose MATCH MONITOR (not Match Content) for the sequence preview.  That should be a good representation of the export.

On files with aspect ratios that don't seem to be working correctly, open effects and apply the Aspect Ratio/Letterbox option.  Experiment with the choices in the drop-down box.

If this doesn't remedy the issue, please share your project.  Someone will check it out.  This is an easy 4-step process, and it can be private.  Don't submit the export, just the project...

1. With your project on the timeline, click the 3-lined 'hamburger' menu, top-left.  Click FILE | BACK UP PROJECT FILES TO FOLDER.  Specify a folder.  Click SELECT FOLDER.
2.  Using the PC file manager, go to where the numbered folder was saved and upload it to a free server - Google Drive, MS OneDrive, etc.*
3.  Get a shared, public link that anyone can view.
4.  Paste that link here, or click the folder, above top-right in this forum, and message it to me.  This is private and won't be shared.
*    Before uploading, right-click the folder, click PROPERTIES.  Look at the File Size to confirm that it's not too big for the free space on the server.


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Thanks for your suggestion. The issue is that applying the 'Crop to Aspect Ratio' needs to be followed by either a 5:4 or 4:5 setting. Most of the time the clip on the track will take, sometimes it won't. When it failed to take the setting, I had to remove the clip, apply the effect to the clip THEN add to the track. Now it works.

Of note, VP appears to depend a lot on the rendering engine; Windows kept alerting me that it was blocking VP from accessing it, which contributed to my issue. Thanks again!

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Results may vary with the order in which changes/effects are applied..  We'd have to see your exact situation to be able to offer alternative routes, but you seem satisfied.

First time that a Windows message of that nature has been reported, AFAIK.  Toggle "use hardware acceleration" under OPTIONS | EDITING to see if that has an affect.                Be sure Direct-X and the video driver are up to date...

AMD / ATI users: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
Intel users: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx
nVidia users: http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
Update DirectX: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179113

It possible that what you are seeing (black edges) was a bug, now fixed.  Try the latest.  For licensed users upgrades are free for up to six months from purchase date.  After that, VP will continue to fully function but a fee will be required in order to register the newest.  Retain your old install file and registration info.

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