Capturing Anamorphic Media

When you capture video, Final Cut Pro uses the settings in the currently selected capture preset. If your footage was shot anamorphically, you can select the Anamorphic 16:9 option. For more information, see General Settings for Capture Presets.

Figure. Capture Preset Editor showing the Anamorphic 16:9 checkbox selected.

Some cameras embed an anamorphic “flag” in the video signal that indicates the aspect ratio of your footage. For example, if you press the 16:9 Wide button on a camcorder, the DV signal recorded on tape includes the 16:9 anamorphic “flag.” During capture, Final Cut Pro detects this and marks the resulting clip as Anamorphic 16:9. This happens regardless of whether or not the Anamorphic 16:9 option is selected in your current capture preset.

Footage recorded with an anamorphic lens is not flagged as 16:9 anamorphic, so Final Cut Pro does not automatically turn on the Anamorphic property for captured clips recorded this way.

Tip: If you forget to select the Anamorphic 16:9 option before you capture anamorphic media, you can turn on the Anamorphic property for clips in the Browser or the Item Properties window.