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Old 22 May 2005, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default widescreen camcorder makes 4:3 movies!

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Just purchased a Sony HC90 camcorder that records in widescreen format. When I create an MPEG-2 file and play it on my PC with windows media player the aspect ratio is correct at 16:9 as measured with a ruler. Also the video looks correct. I have also compressed the video to .AVI format and the aspect ratio looks good as well.

The problem is when I burn the movie to DVD and play in my standalone dvd player or using my PC with PowerDVD the aspect ratio is now 4:3. When I check the properties of the DVD is states that it is a 4:3.

Obviously the software I'm using to convert and burn the DVD (Sonic myDVD) is changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 which makes for an ugly movie. Is there a better software package that I could use to burn my videos at different aspect ratio's. My software doesn't give me any options for aspect ratio. I also tried Ulead Video studio with the same poor results.

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Old 22 May 2005, 08:09 AM   #2
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One set of procedures (other posters may/probably will suggest alternative methods) would be:

1) If not already DVD-compliant, use "TMPGEnc" (or "TMPGEncPlus") to convert the MPEG to compliant MPEG2-for-DVD format - Use "TMPGEnc's" DVD wizard/template to accomplish this (This step may not be necessary, if your MPEG-2 files are already in DVD compliant format)

2) Use "TMPGEnc DVD Author" (a different program than "TMPGEnc") to easily create the required additional DVD files and structure (and chapters and a menu, if you wish)


**If the combined filesize of the DVD "package" written to your hard drive is greater than 4.37Gb, use DVD Shrink (or similar) to compress


If your O/S is either Win2000 or WinXP, TMPGEnc DVD Author can also burn your DVD. Otherwise, use NERO to burn in "DVD-Video" mode
(As an alternative to "TMPGEnc DVD Author", you could use "DVDLab")


Let us know of your success ;>}
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Thanks, I will need to find these programs and give it a try.
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