I'm not sure of the exact terminology here, so please feel free to redirect me if this has been addressed before.
I have a project which is based around a video I took with a hand held camera, and the resolution is 720x480 pixels.
On top of this baseline video, I'm adding clips from a variety of other sources. All those other sources can be in a variety of other formats and sizes.
What seems to be happening when I render out tests is that Kdenlive seems to default to shrinking everything to fit inside the 720x480 size. So if I include a clip from a movie that is in a widescreen format, its size is shrunk so that the width fits within the project frame size, and I get a letterbox effect with black on top and bottom.
This is not desired. For this particular project, I'd rather that the default be that the clip not be rescaled in anyway, and that the clip simply be centered, with any part of the frame that is too large for the project being cropped off when rendering. If need be, I'll move the clip left, right, up, or down as needed to include the important graphical elements.
Is this something I can set globally so that it will apply to all clips that I add to the timeline?
Is it something I have to set on every clip as I add them?
In either or any case, how do I prevent Kdenlive from automatically resizing my clips?
Thank you for any advice.