Which PS Template for 16x9 DVD Menu
August 19, 2009 2:03 PM   Subscribe

Ive created a series of 16x9 videos that I want to make into a DVD using Adobe Encore. My version has no templates for some odd reason. Which Photoshop Template do I use?

PAL D1/DV Widescreen
PAL D1/DV Square Pixel
PAL D1/DV Widescreen Square Pixel

?? and what's the difference between them?
posted by anonaccount to Computers & Internet (1 answer total)
Short answer: PAL D1/DV Widescreen.

Long Answer:
Ok - so all SD TV pixels are not square. But your Computer screen is.

There are 720 pixels horizontally in PAL (576 vertically). Again - they're not square.
ALL PAL IS 720X576 - including Wide screen. Whether the ratio is 4:3 or 16:9 - it's still only 720x576 pixels.

How is this possible? Imagine the 2x3 legos. Remember those? (humor me here)
x x x
x x x

Remember the 2x2 legos?
x x
x x

Imagine this:
   Line A) Imagine 720 of the 2x3 legos next to each other.
   Line B) Imagine 720 of the 2x2 legos next to each other.

They both have 720 blocks - but line A is wider because the BLOCKS are wider. And that's basically why you have the same amount of pixels for 4:3 and 16:9 - the blocks aren't shaped like squares.

But they are shaped like squares on a computer. For years we used to use the Square pixel sizing (and some people still do.) But the big advantage of the CS version of photoshop, was to store the pixels correct for video (non square) but to display them correctly on screen (Square.) Your editorial software (premiere) can do this. Your compositing software can do this (AE.) With the CS release, Adobe made Photoshop capable too.
posted by filmgeek at 5:07 AM on August 20, 2009

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