aspect ratio wrong


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nagrod

I'm using widows XP media center edition, SP3, version 2002 on a Gateway
DX420S. I am new to windows movie maker. I have made a movie of 650 digital
snapshots, all with a resolution greater than the minimum needed. Everything
works well but when I play the DVD in my player on my flat screen TV or run
the movie in movie maker on the computer the pictures are too short and too
wide. I have tried both aspect ratios and 4"3 is even worse. Things look good
until I burn the disk. Anyone have any ideas?
 
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John Inzer

nagrod said:
I'm using widows XP media center edition, SP3, version 2002 on a
Gateway DX420S. I am new to windows movie maker. I have made a movie
of 650 digital snapshots, all with a resolution greater than the
minimum needed. Everything works well but when I play the DVD in my
player on my flat screen TV or run the movie in movie maker on the
computer the pictures are too short and too wide. I have tried both
aspect ratios and 4"3 is even worse. Things look good until I burn
the disk. Anyone have any ideas?
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Some thoughts.....

Maybe you need to prepare your source files before
importing into Movie Maker. IOW...crop them to fit
the aspect ratio of the screen they will be played on.

The following article may offer something useful:

Prepping Still Pix for Import
http://tinyurl.com/v9vo9
or...
http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/PapaJohn/78/Prepping-Still-Pictures.aspx

And/or...maybe using a custom profile would be
worth a try:

Personally, I use the following .wmv profile
when saving movies.
SlideShow-1024x768WMV9

If you have widescreen monitors...maybe the
"PapaJohn-WMV-for-DVD-NTSC-widescreen.prx"
profile would be worth try...just left click :
"Heading to DVD - NTSC - widescreen"
to download it.

Download from the following site...

Movie Maker 2 - Saving
Movies - Custom WMV Profiles
http://tinyurl.com/s2vgu
or...
http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-SavingMovies-CustomProfiles.html

Right click / Save as...drop it in the following folder:
C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\Profiles folder
(if there is no Profiles folder...you will have to create it)

Choose 'SlideShow-1024x768WMV9' when you save...

Or...

Choose 'PapaJohn-WMV-for-DVD-NTSC-widescreen'

File / Save Movie File / My Computer / Next / Next /
Show more choices / Other Settings...

More info:

Creating Custom Profiles
for Windows Movie Maker 2
http://tinyurl.com/cuny7
or...
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/expert/customprofile.mspx

Even more info
Windows Movie Maker
Custom Export Formats
http://tinyurl.com/dnylc
or...
http://www.jakeludington.com/project_studio/20050909_windows_movie_maker_custom_export_formats.html

And...the following forum may be worth a look;

Windows Movie Maker Forums
http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/

Good luck...

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk
 
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J

John Inzer

nagrod said:
Thanks for all the good advice and info - I'll definitely give it all
a try.
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You're welcome.

Thanks for the update.

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk
 

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