1920 X 1080 footage on 1024 X 768 screen

Hello everyone, I'm new here and was wondering if someone could help me out. 
I'm working on a film about my father that will be shown on his funeral (he is terminally ill and doesn't have long to go). Before I wanted to start editing my film I wanted to know the resolution of the beamer in the church, because it took so long however I couldn't wait any longer and had to get started on the film. I have made the sequence in Premiere Pro to match the footage, which is 1920X1080 HD. 
I have now however obtained the information that the screen resolution of the beamer in the church is 1024X768. Considering I can't change the sequence settings without starting over again (unless there is a way I don't know about?), is it going to give me trouble to play a 1920X1080 film on a 1024X768 screen? Will it cut things off?
Obviously I will test the film if I get the chance, I just wanted to know if it is definitely going to be a problem or not before I continue editing the film. 

Thank you!


  • Maybe setup a new comp with a 1024x768 project and then load you media into it, this will give you an idea of what it will look like. You might have to re-size but I think what ever you do it will end up looking a bit squashed.

    Also have you tried exporting your 1080p video to the smaller size?

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    Wow. First, I'm sorry. Planning this has to be rough. Doing the videos and slideshows for my mother's funeral was just a terrible time.

    I hope at least your father is in a minimum of discomfort.

    Ok. Business. The projector itself will probably scale the video, but you do have concerns here.

    1920x1080 video is a 16:9 aspect ratio--like HDTV. 1024x768 is 4:3 aspect ratio--like standard def TV. So the 1920x1080 is wider/more rectangular.

    You have two basic ways of handling this. First, keep the wide aspect ratio and live with black bars at the top and bottom . Second, you'll do a re-edit pass to crop the 1920x1080 to 1024x768.

    Either way you'll need to create a custom 1024x768 export template.

    If you don't know how to do that, this video can help.


    Ok, so, to render at a 16:9 aspect ratio, create the 1024x768 template and use this. Just make certain the Aspect Ratio control is set to "Keep Aspect Ratio."

    If you want to crop the image to totally fill the frame, render your project at 1920x1080 then import the render into a new 1024x768 project. You can drop the rendered file on the Editor Timeline, then right-click the file on the timeline and select "Scale to Height." Now, this will chop off the left and right edges of the image, so you can use the Position properties of the clip to slide things sideways. You'll have to use the razor tool to split the clip each time you want to change framing.

    Alternately you can load your edit into a Composite Shot, scale it down and keyframe Position. This would let you dynamically pan your image. 

  • I'm very sorry to hear about your father I know from personal experience it can be a very hard to work through something like this.

    It's the player software that's important here not the projector and I don't know of any player software that won't scale down properly. Because 1024 x 768 has a 4:3 aspect ratio your video will be a letterbox projection on the screen but there's no good way around that except to start from scratch with a 4:3 project.

    There's a whole bunch of different worship software packages so I can't give you any specific advice on using the software but if you want to hedge your bet a little you could render out to 1280 x 720 without distorting your 1080p project. The lower resolution will make it a little easier on whatever ends actually playing your final output.

  • edited October 2017

    16:9 into 4:3 will give you black bars or crop the image (could go either way) unless you control it yourself.

    Create a 1024x768 project and drag your footage into it and see what it looks like. You'll need to scale it down. Then go through and see what might get lost with side cropping and whether you can get away with some black bars top and bottom.

    You might find that resizing it slightly and adding effectively 'half height' bars top and bottom is the least worst solution: some things got partially clipped off the sides, but the bars weren't too obtrusive. If necessary, change it for different scenes, or "pan and scan" across wider sections that you don't want bars above/below and don't want to lose any off the sides either. That might work better for static images.

    You could also put something like a blurred, expanded version of the video behind it to show in the 'bars' area, like TV companies have to do when they're sent mobile phone footage that's been filmed vertically, although they put the blurred section on the left and right sides.

  • @Palacono just to clarify a little on this:

    "16:9 into 4:3 will give you black bars or crop the image (could go either way) unless you control it yourself."

    This situation is going to result in a letterbox projection without having to do anything. Whatever is connected to the projector is going to be locked to the native resolution of the projector, 1024 x 768. That means even if you have a UHD 16:9 system once it's connected to the projector it's going to default everything to 1024 x 768 or even less. Historically Macs like to go all the way down to 800 x 600. At this point any software player I've ever used, and over 17 years of AV production work that's a bunch, will play 16:9 content full screen by letterboxing top and bottom. 

    Yes you can override that behavior in many cases but that either never happens in the real world or it's handled in such a way as to not distort or chop anything off. If you are connected directly to the projector and try to force a non-native wide screen resolution then you're relying on the scaling abilities of the projector which usually = rubbish and severely reduces the available projection area. What's the point of having a 16' x 12' screen if you're going to limit yourself to using just the middle third? Not going to happen especially in a place of worship where it's a fixed installation.

    Side note - A point must people don't realize is text can actually be larger on a 4:3 screen than the equivalent 16:9 screen. I mentioned a 16' x 12' screen, (4.8m x 3.6m more or less). The equivalent 16:9 screen is well, 16' x 9' (4.8m x 2.7m). The reduction of vertical height proportionately limits text size. 3 short lines of text on the 4:3 screen can be a larger point size than the same 3 short lines of text on the 16:9 screen. 

    The other way to handle it involves using a format converter. Unlike the projector, these have outstanding scaling abilities. The output will be set to the native projector resolution and they'll scale any input to match the output without distortion or cutting anything off. 


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