Setting Crop Nodes
To output two files with different aspect ratios, such as 16:9 and 4:3, you can use the Crop node. This node is used to crop the final image in order to discard excess information without distorting the render.
- In the Node Library view, select Output from the list of categories on the left.
- Drag the Crop node to the Node view.
- In the Node view, connect the Composite node to the Input port of the Crop node.
- In the Node view, connect the Crop node to the input ports of both the Display node and the Write node.
- In the Node view, open the Crop node’s property editor by clicking the yellow square properties button.
- In the Layer Properties dialog box, type new resolution values to indicate the resolution to crop to.
- You can manually enter the X -Y Offset, or move it in the Camera view. Select the right Display node in the Display toolbar. In the Advanced Animation toolbar, select the Translate tool and with the middle mouse button, move the crop area. If the Animate mode is enabled, the position of the crop area will be animated over time.
- If you want to create a Pan and Scan effect (panning the cropped selection over time to show more information), you can create a function to animate the cropped selection. Click the Function button beside the Local dialog box to create a Bezier or ease curve.
- If you created a function curve to animate the cropped selection, click again on the Function button and edit the curve by adding keyframes and moving the selection box in the Camera view.If you created a function curve to animate the cropped selection, click again on the Function button and edit the curve by adding keyframes and moving the selection box in the Camera view.
- Enable the Draw Frame option if, instead of cropping the images, you prefer to have Harmony draw the frame over the rendered scene.
- Click in the colour rectangle to adjust the frame colour as desired if you have enabled the Draw Frame option.
- Click Close.
The Crop node also has an advanced Enabling tab for determining when the Crop node should be activated.
- Always Enabled: Makes the Crop node always produce output.
- Enabled when resolution name is: Activates the Crop node only when the resolution of the scene matches the value in the Filter Name menu. The listed resolutions come from the Resolution/Frame Rate dialog box.
- Enabled when resolution is: Activates the Crop node whenever the scene’s resolution matches the values in the X and Y resolution fields.