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    Default Tutorial, Aspect ratio on Sony Vegas

    Tutorial here

    Make that Image fit - Sony Vegas Portal

    i did try and paste the tutorial here but am only allowed 4 images and I have 11
    Have you ever placed an image on the timeline only to find it does fit the project as you would like? Follow this simple tutorial to fix that issue and banish it into the past.
    !! Before starting make sure your project setting are on the right settings, otherwise you may have to change things again latter.
    !! make sure your timeline cursor is at the beginning of the clip or you could end up with a “Keyframe” and the image will move in the preview window when you play the clip.
    This is how an image with the wrong aspect ratio can look in your preview window.

    To fix this issue, and bear in mind, what we are actually doing is cropping the image, you may loss the top or bottom of the bit you want.
    Go to the image on the timeline and click on the second icon in on the left of the clip, looks like a box

    After you have done that this box will open up.
    Notice how the image has a dotted line around it and little squares (handles) on the corners.

    we need to right click on the image to get this…

    Select the “Match Output Aspect” marked in blue and low and behold this will happen..

    The dotted box has change to match the same aspect ratio as your project and you preview window will now look like this.

    If you want to have a play , open up the Pan Crop Window again and grab one of the handles (squares) and push it in or out and watch the preview window to see the results.
    If you move the mouse to the large dotted circle the cursor will change and allow you to rotate an image to straighten it up.

    The smaller the box the more you zoom into the image.

    If the change ”Match Output Aspect” cropped off the top part of the image and that is now what you want, just drag the dotted box up to position it at the top. This can be tricky as you can end up moving the image side ways, to help avoid this. On the left of the “Pan/Crop Window” there is a little icon that looks like a cross with arrowheads on it.

    Click on the icon to change the direction of the arrows to up/down and then move the dotted box and it will not drift sideways.
    If it all goes horribly wrong, right click on the image again in the “Pan/Crop Window” and select restore to start again.

    !! make sure your timeline cursor is at the beginning of the clip or you could end up with a “Keyframe”, as you can see in the image below at the bottom of the image by the cursor.
    Last edited by Z Cheema; 05-31-2013 at 08:49 PM.

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    I've increased that limit.

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    Thank you for another clear and very useful explanation. Really very much appreciated. Best Wishes, Richard

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