DVD Export pillar boxed all sides!

My DVD image should fill the screen, top and bottom.

Shotcut 18.11.18
Settings/Video mode - Automatic
I have a 720x480 Timeline.
Video format DVD.
Export device DVD (SD NTSC)

MediaInfo report -----------------------------------------
Complete name :
/home/buddy/Projects/Video Editing/EricksonLakeDev.vob
Format : MPEG-PS
File size : 1.90 GiB
Duration : 43 min 12 s
Overall bit rate mode : Constant
Overall bit rate : 6 312 kb/s

ID : 224 (0xE0)
Format : MPEG Video
Format version : Version 2
Format profile : Main@Main
Format settings : BVOP
Format settings, BVOP : Yes
Format settings, Matrix : Default
Format settings, GOP : M=4, N=16
Format settings, picture structure : Frame
Duration : 43 min 12 s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 6 000 kb/s
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Bottom Field First
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.579
Time code of first frame : 00:00:00:00
Time code source : Group of pictures header
GOP, Open/Closed : Open
GOP, Open/Closed of first frame : Closed
Stream size : 1.81 GiB (95%)
Transfer characteristics : BT.709
Matrix coefficients : BT.709

Note: I don’t understand why it detects BT.709 either!


What was the dimensions of the source file? Although you selected 720x480 for export, if the source video was smaller than that, it could explain why the export appears as it does.

Hi GordC. I was thinking the Automatic setting might need to be specificly set. All clips are NTSC SD 4:3 clips although the first clip was replaced with a deinterlaced version using HufYUV codec inside an mkv container. All the clips report 720x480, 4:3 aspect and fill Shotcut’s Monitor window properly. It is very early morning here and I will not be on my editing machine for perhaps 8 hours to make changes. Thanks for the suggestion.


Have you tried the custom video mode?
Scan Mode: shotcut_2018-11-29_04-09-50
Colorspace: shotcut_2018-11-29_04-09-58

OK, couldn’t sleep. Settings/Video mode/SD NTSC solved the problem.It also now correctly reports BT.601 color space. The Automatic setting must have gotten hosed when I substituted the improved clips for the first two original ones. Same resolution and aspect - what could go wrong?

@Hudson, I have not tried adding a new custom mode. Seems like we have more than enough to pick from now :smiley: I tried messing with it in my current project - perhaps it is addressable only in a new project?

Bleary eyed -=Ken=-

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