ReelDVD Correct Still Sizes
of all the issue is not about something that wouldn't work in ReelDVD
or would prevent you from making a DVD. What this is about is whether
or not you want to accept a little squeezing or stretching of stills
and still menus.
assume we are talking NTSC
(PAL Instructions Below):
a video monitor or TV screen has a 4:3 width:height ratio. On a computer
screen pixels are square (i.e. width and height are the same). If an
image is 720 pixels wide, it should be 540 pixels high to make it "4:3".
video is 720x480 which wouldn't fill a 4:3 screen if the pixels were
square. Instead the pixels are "tall" rectangles (they are
higher than they are wide).
you would create a still image that is 720x480 or scan a photo and crop
that to 720x480 and you would use that in your authoring, it would get
stretched vertically (just like the video) to fill the height. Meaning
that if your graphic had a circle in it, it would appear like an upright
oval on the DVD, people in a photo would get thinner, text in a normal
font would look like you had used a condensed font, etc.
avoid this, create the image as 720x540. Once you are done composing/editing
the image, resample it to 720x480 (width stays the same, height gets
squashed) and save it. Imported in ReelDVD it will get the same vertical
stretch as the video. The result is that the image will appear the same
on the DVD as it did on your computer: circles are circles, people haven't
lost weight and text is still in the font that you had selected.
Instructions: Use the same processes described above, just use the
following sizes and parameters:
(or rather resample) with "constrain proportions" set to off
and import in ReelDVD