Take a short moving image clip--an AVI file--of the image you
want. Open it in Premiere, and choose "export as frame." Premiere will
choose one frame for you at the ratio originally captured. Or, you can try
taking the the still frame into Photoshop and see if you can crop it
correctly there.

Good luck--this stuff is always so much fun!

Bob Kolker

At 12:00 AM 6/8/00 -0500, you wrote:
>There are 3 messages totalling 89 lines in this issue.
>Topics of the day:
>   1. Looking to rent Black-themed films, 1960s-'70s
>   2. Video Capture and Aspect Ratio
>   3. Magic Lantern & Cinema
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>Date:    Wed, 7 Jun 2000 10:51:28 +0300
>From:    Nezih Erdogan <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Looking to rent Black-themed films, 1960s-'70s
>If you intend to publish your captured images you must be careful about
>resolution: no less than 300 dpi I think. Many image processing
>softwares are set to 72 dpi as default. So you may have to change the
>settings before you start.
>good luck
>Date:    Wed, 7 Jun 2000 08:03:46 -0500
>From:    Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Video Capture and Aspect Ratio
>Since aspect ratios have often been a hot topic on Screen-L and since frame
>grabs were recently mentioned, I thought I'd bring the two threads together
>with this query:
>Has anyone had trouble getting a true 4:3 (1.33:1) aspect ratio when doing
>digital frame grabs from VHS video?
>I recently installed a Matrox G400-TV tuner and video capture card in my
>PC.  It'll capture MOTION video at the standard screen sizes of 320x240 and
>640x480, which are precisely 1.33-to-1 aspect ratios.
>However, when I use Matrox's "Video Snapshot" software to do STILL
>captures, I get frames not quite 1.33 and it's annoying the heck out of
>me.  Instead of 1.33, each "snapshot" is the oddball size of 688x470 pixels
>or 1.46 to 1.
>I'm using this system to create images for the new edition of <shameless
>aspect ratio or the frames won't appear correctly.
>Any suggestions?
>Jeremy Butler
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>Date:    Wed, 7 Jun 2000 09:31:46 -0400
>From:    Terry Borton <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Magic Lantern & Cinema
>I am working on a book about the relationship between the magic lantern
>and the movies, tentatively titled, _Cinema Before Film: America's First
>Great Screen Artist, Joseph Boggs Beale_.  Beale was America's foremost
>lantern artist.  Between 1881 and 1914 he created over 125 story and
>song sets for the lantern, totally  more than 1500 slides. Beale
>concentrated on the great works of American and World literature and
>History; many of the sets are truly stunning.
>     Using Beale's work as the primary example, the book will argue that
>about 75% of what we think of as "the art of the cinema" was used on
>screen in lantern shows -- dissolves, deep space, storyboarding,
>parallel editing, backlighting, multiple camera angles, animation, etc.
>-- though lantern practice did not necessarily serve as the model for
>the use of the same techniques in cinema.
>     I am familiar with recent major discussions of the lantern and
>cinema such as Musser's, Barber's, Robinson's, Guida's.  I'd very much
>appreciate hearing about any others, or contemporary 1895-1914
>references to the lantern and cinema.
>     Also, as a way of dating Beale's work, I'm tracking the slide sets
>year by year through the magic lantern catalogs, especially those of  T.
>H. McAllister and McIntosh Stereopticon.  I have found enough of these
>to make the beginnings of a matrix; if anyone knows of catalog holdings,
>that would also be very useful.
>     Those interested in learning more on the magic-lantern, or Beale,
>might enjoy visiting our web site,
>     Thanks for any help you can provide!
>Terry Borton
>End of SCREEN-L Digest - 6 Jun 2000 to 7 Jun 2000 (#2000-138)

Robert Kolker
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President, Society for Cinema Studies
University of Maryland
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Georgia Institute of Technology
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