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Windows 7: Movie Maker — problems with burning in 4:3 aspect ratio

27 Aug 2010   #1
BRUUUUCE

windows 7 home ultimate x64
 
 
Movie Maker — problems with burning in 4:3 aspect ratio

i've searched eveywhere online for a solution to this problem — all I've found is a handful of people who have the same problem as me and no answer.

When i use Movie Maker, I select the 4:3 aspect ratio, but everytime it takes my footage (shot in 4:3) and put bars all around the image. (think of it like "shrinking" the 4:3 image smaller than you TV screen and and floating in a black background.)

Is this a bug? How can I get it to recognize the fact that I'm choosing 4:3? Or am I overlooking something else here? Please! I don't know what else to do. My panasonic software is not compatible with Windows 7 and the panasonic rep told me their suggestion is to use Movie Maker.




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27 Aug 2010   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Bruuuce and welcolm to the Forum
First off it sounds like you are getting the "letterbox effect"
Can you post the full properties of your video clips, particularly the pixel size. You mention Panasonic, does this mean the clips come from a panasonic Camcorder? If so what model. Please post as much detail as you can.
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27 Aug 2010   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Helolo BRUUUUCE, I'll try to help you.

Couple Questions:

What exactly is your goal with your video clips?
Just getting them straight to a DVD or Author a complete video with special effects, text etc?

Are you using a codec pack of any kind? I/E Shark 007s?
(Movie Maker will use use FFDshow)

You have set it to use 4:3 resolution in the View Tab, correct?


When you have finished are you saving your movie with this option?

**Edit** Mitchell beat mer to the post. And as suggested, the more info you can give about the camcorders file the better.


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27 Aug 2010   #4
BRUUUUCE

windows 7 home ultimate x64
 
 

Hi!
yes, it looks like letterbox, but there are also bars on the sides, too. kinda odd if you aske me

No, I don't remember seeing a screen like that. How do I get to it? When do I save the movie? I only selected the 4:3 tab using the button at the top.

yes it is a panasonic camcorder. PV-GS320. it's a dv, not high-def.

how do i give you the properties of the file? where do i find that info? sorry for being dumb with this stuff

yes, i just want to transfer the footage from the camcorder to a dvd that will play in my player. i don't need anything fancy. though i may want to cut out some footage at some (do some elementary editing) down the road.

thanks in advance for your time and patience

john

EDIT: also, i'm not sure about the codec. i have some kind of codec pack installed

when i got the dell, i downloaded a codec pack that i read was recommended in an article on CNET i believe. I don't know more than that. How would i determine this? Should I download a different one?
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27 Aug 2010   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BRUUUUCE View Post
Hi!
No, I don't remember seeing a screen like that. How do I get to it? When do I save the movie? I only selected the 4:3 tab using the button at the top.
It is in the top left corner of Movie Maker. See my little snip.
Little Pull Down Tab, just left of the HOME tab.
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27 Aug 2010   #6
BRUUUUCE

windows 7 home ultimate x64
 
 

when during the process do i do that?

EDIT:

actually, i may have done that. i was up to 2 last night trying to figure it out, so I'm sorry that I'm a little fuzzy on the details. i remember those icons ... but i thought they were clustered somewhere near the top of the page, and I selected the standard 4:3 option.
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27 Aug 2010   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

To find the properties of a clip, right click the file in the folder where it is stored and click "Properties" then click the "Details" tab. There you will see the size etc.
As far as codecs are concerned, dont download just for the sake of it as they cause more problems with video editing that almost anything else. You shouldn't need to download any. Best left until you really must have a special codec then just install the one you need not the whole pack!
I've been video editing using standard and high def footage for a number of years. Admittedly I use third party editing software as I need a timeline for most of my work and for some unknown reason Microsoft have not included a timeline in the latest version of WMM but I never needed to download any extra codecs!
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27 Aug 2010   #8
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Bruuuce
Have just had a quick look at your camcorder and would say that you have a very good one here capable of high quality video work.
I presume you download the clips to your PC via a Firewire connection?
For this quality of camcorder, I would consider investing in a good third party software package especially as your Panasonic software is not compatible with Win 7. What was the software by the way?
EDIT
Have just read up a bit more and here's an interesting quote from Panasonic on their supplied software:
"Neither of these software packages can take you from DV on tape to MPEG2 on DVD. If you want to edit the video and make a DVD, you will have to purchase one of the many video editing and DVD authoring applications on the market."
Also I see that your camera records to either 4:3 or 19:9 widescreen. If you have a widescreen monitor or a widescreen TV why not record in 16:9?
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27 Aug 2010   #9
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I understand many like Movie Maker.

But for authoring a dvd from home video clips, I have Nero Vision to be a very good, although there are a few others.
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27 Aug 2010   #10
BRUUUUCE

windows 7 home ultimate x64
 
 

i don't have a widescreen tv, unfortunately

i don't necessarily like windows movie maker -- i'm just looking for a solution. a free solution would be even better.

i have nero vision 7, but for some reason it does recognize the camera


i put a firewire card in on my own, but the computer does not recognize the camcorder when i plug it in. i have been using the usb connection in the meantime


do i need a driver or something for the firewire card i put in or should it just work fine on its own. maybe i didn't push it in correctly.
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