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    I've been trying to learn the basics of video production and I'm about to start my first major project, a series of "How To" woodturning DVD's. My first experimental work resides on YouTube at:



    My question is (which shows just what a beginner I am), should I do these DVDs in 4:3 or 16:9? With the recent popularity of wide screen TVís, do I go that route or should I stick with the older format? My potential audience is broad in age, but will tend to be older (perhaps the last to upgrade to wider TVís).

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I think we're moving to 16:9 , altough so far all my dvd videos are 4:3 .

    I would go for the 16:9 .

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    I think choice of aspect ratio is the least important thing, or one of the least - I would use what you feel most comfortable shooting in.

    16:9 may 'impress' people more, maybe.

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    Just watched your film - much respect - excellent work, and very nice pots too - the dog was a master stroke.

    Only let down by very short shot at start with live sound - needed a off cam mic - but that is being pedantic.

    That really deserves to be seen on user vids I think.

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    Fantastic!!!! had me hooked.
    ggmabaapbnebtrbatst

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    Very good!

    The one thing I would say could improve it would be if you could get away from the stock 'motion' templates and text, and learn to produce your own, or considerably customise the existing ones. But as with mark that's just me being pedantic.
    Seeing a built in template always makes me point at the "n00bness". They do look good, but if anyone else with the software sees them it can make that person think you haven't put the effort in. I'm not being snobby here as I have used them myself for quick/fun stuff.

    Over all very amusing and informative

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