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Old 20 Apr 2004, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default widescreen source file to letterboxed DVD

Does anyone know how to convert widescreen avi or mpeg clips into a letterbox widescreen format? So far every DVD I've burned from a widescreen source either comes out cropped in the center like a VHS version of the clip, or it's horizontally compressed and has that unnaturally-thin squashed kind of look to it. I REALLY want to record it so that it's letterboxed on my standalone player and not fullscreen. I'll pay for some new software if I need to.
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Old 20 Apr 2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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Apparently, whoever created the source material cropped off the blackbars to reduce filesize. For .AVIs:

(In VirtualDub, set "Video" to "Full Processing Mode" and "Audio" to "Direct Stream Copy")

1) Load you video into VirtualDub
2) From the "Video" dropdown menu, click on "Filters", then click on the "Add" radio button and doubleclick on the "Resize" filter
3) Set "New width" and "New height" to the SAME resolution as your original .AVI (In this example, I'm assuming it's 720x480)
4) Put a checkmark in the box labelled "Expand frame and letterbox image - and enter a multiple of 16 in "Frame height" (Perhaps 208, or 192 to approximate 16:9 - which, in this example, will increase the height from 480 to 688 or 672)
5) Click on "OK" to return to the "Filters" window

6) Once again, doubleclick on the "Resize" filter
7) Set "New height" to 480 (This will reduce the ENTIRE image, including the black bars to 480 pixels of vertical resolution). Click on "OK" until you get back to the main VirtualDub window
8) Save with a new filename
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