People are always asking me how I export 2.35:1 footage to Vimeo. I figured I would go ahead and do a tutorial on how I edit 2.35:1, using Adobe Premiere CS5 or higher. How I export it to H.264. As well as, how I upload it to Vimeo.
If you are going to edit 2.35:1, you will need to frame with that in mind when shooting. For instance, when you shoot a close up, it will turn into an extreme close up.
When editing, I don’t recommend using the crop preset in Premiere. Instead, I recommend using a matte over the top of your footage. A friend of mine, Andrew Farmer created a png matte for me with an alpha center. This is a 1080p template. If you are working in a 720p timeline, simply scale it to frame. Here is the 2.35:1 template.
Export your footage using Adobe Media Encoder. In the export settings change your frame height and then crop your footage from the top and the bottom. Depending on the resolution you are editing in, the height and the crop changes. Here are the proper dimensions:
- Frame Width = 1920px
Frame Height = 816px
Crop Top = 132px
Crop Bottom = 132px
- Frame Width = 1280px
Frame Height = 544px
Crop Top = 88px
Crop Bottom = 88px
When you are finished exporting, upload your H.264 file to Vimeo. Vimeo will automatically recognize the frame height and will display it as 2.35:1.