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I wanted to try to learn to shoot with anamorphic lenses. 


I have Andrew´s guide, but i´m not sure what to do in post with the footage?


I got a Sankor 16F attached with a clamp to a Canon 50mm 1.4 FD on a GH2.


Do i need to do anything on the camera before i start shooting? I use Final Cut Pro X in post, but im not sure how to handle the anamorphic footage?


Can any of you experts out there point me in the right direction?



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For FCPX you just simply import the footage, put into the timeline & then select/highlight it.


Open the Inspector window & you should automatically be on the Video setting (as opposed to Info).

You'll see the Transform box - open it.

Then expand the Scale section & that will reveal x & y axis.

If you are using a x2 anamorphic you just simply change the y axis to 50% (this is the squash method & your footage will be 1920x540).


Stretch method (so your footage will be 3840x1080) see this tutorial (you'll need Motion):



For other anamorphics (squash method) with a different aspect ratio, you can simply do the Math (eg. x1.5 anamorphic - you divide 100% by 1.5, which gives you 66.67%).


Camera stuff - this all depends on the camera (Canon try different Picture Profiles & Magic Lantern / GH2 try different hacks).

But basically once you've attached the Anamorphic to the taking lens (& aligned it - just shine it towards a bright light & make sure the flares are horizontal) you're ready to go.


Hope that helps...

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