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The Aspect Ratio Setting in DVD Arabesk - for both Main and Chapter Menus
The topic came up on the Cassie Tips List yesterday and thought this is another one of those topics that would benefit so many others...because I know that I have encountered this myself, and more than once.
When playing back a DVD in the Casablanca Arabesk preview - found under the 'All' button in the Info/Edit/Playback section of Arabesk - our colleague encountered the odd (and very dis-pleasing) effect where the films would switch between the desired 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. She indicated that she had videotaped the footage on her newer camcorder in the 16:9 aspect ratio, and had successfully edited the project in 16:9 (she being a CasablancaExpert member, I called her and checked on these facts).
She was able to play it back successfully in the Storyboard - which is something I would ask or advise any colleague if they were experiencing something similar. She did and it was (playing back fine). So the issue was in Arabesk
The culprit is in the 'Settings' menu (button) found in the Edit Menu meny of Arabesk:
NOTE: If you're using the Bogart OS V4.1G and the latest version of Arabesk software you are now able to preview the Chapter Menus as well as the Main Menu! See this article for details: DVD Arabesk now allows Preview in Chapter Menus.