Optimize Video For Tv

Video footage must be optimized to display correctly on different TVs.

Video footage shot with the intention of showing it on a TV must be formatted so it will be displayed to its best advantage. Consider the aspect ratio of the original video footage and the video standard in which the footage was shot. Ideally, these must match the TV on which the footage will be displayed. Aspect ratio refers to wide-screen or standard screen. Video standards include NTSC (U.S.) and PAL (Europe). Editing programs such as Adobe Premier Pro, Sony Vegas and Ulead allow you to optimize footage for display on TV.


1. Import your video footage into the video-editing program on your computer. Editing programs refer to this process as “capture.” Once the footage is captured by the editing program, you need to configure your optimization settings during a process known as “export.” This will create a new file, from your original footage, that is configured using optimization settings you choose during the export process.

2. Select the export option in the video-editing program. This will display an export settings window. Choose the file type for playback on your TV. If you are creating a video file to create a DVD, you should select MPEG2 as the file type. DVDs use this file type to store video footage, and no further conversion will be needed when you create a DVD from the exported file. AVI files can give you the best-quality footage. And if you want to create a smaller file, then use a compressed file such as DivX, also known as MPEG4.

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3. Select the aspect ratio for your exported video file. If your footage was originally shot as wide-screen, you should choose wide-screen, or 16:9, as the aspect ratio. The footage will then occupy all the screen on a wide-screen TV. On a standard TV, there will be black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, and the wide image will be spread across the width of the TV screen. If your original footage was shot using standard, or 4:3, aspect ratio, black bars will appear at each side of the footage when it is displayed on a wide-screen TV, but the image will fill the screen of a standard TV. If you choose to export standard footage as wide-screen, the image will fill a wide-screen TV, but the image will be stretched, making objects and people seem wider.

4. Select the video standard, either PAL (Phase Alternating Line) or NTSC (National Television System Committee). If you are creating video to be watched on a TV in North America, the NTSC standard is used. PAL is the standard used in Europe.

5. Export your video to create a new file configured with your optimization settings. When you play the file back on your TV, it will display at the best aspect ratio and with the correct broadcast standard.