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Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Jul 3 2009, 01:44 AM

This is just for all you lucky Vista users who will have ?Windows DVD Maker? on board:

I?ve recently been trying to burn some AVI videos to DVD for viewing on my nice plasma widescreen T.V. The burning part was a cinch using ?Windows DVD Maker? but, no matter what I tried, I could not get it to use the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.

There are only a limited number of configurations available in DVD Maker, one of which is ?Aspect Ratio? where you can select either 4:3 or 16:9. Enabling (disabling, re-enabling, etc, etc) the 16:9 option made no difference at all and I ended up with everything in 4:3. This is obviously a flaw within the program, apparently DVD Maker ignores selection of the 16:9 option and continues to burn in the default 4:3 aspect.

Now, I would love to take credit for this solution and suggest it was the result of my superior intellect but the truth is, after scratching around aimlessly for half an hour or more with no idea of where to go next, I finally decided to search for answers on the net. I located the following, posted by an unknown user whose intellect is obviously of a superior nature (or, at least, way superior to my own)?..Kudos to him/her, it worked a treat:

1) Open Windows Movie Maker?yes, Windows Movie Maker not Windows DVD Maker.
2) Import the video. In the Tasks Panel (on the left) under Import, click on the Videos button. Browse to the location (where the video is saved), highlight it and click on the Import Button.
3) Drag and drop the Video into the first space in the Storyline.
4) Go to Tools/Options and select the Advanced tab.
5) Under Video properties/Aspect Ratio, select the 16:9 option and click OK.
6) Back to the Tasks panel, under Publish to, select DVD.

At this point a message will pop up telling you ?Windows Movie Maker will save and close your project, and then open Windows DVD maker?. Click OK, choose the save location for the .MSWMM file and then click on the Save button. Now Windows DVD Maker will open up and automatically import the file. Click on the Options link, make sure the 16:9 aspect ratio is selected here also, click OK and then proceed as per normal.



N.B. After step number 5 you can preview the result, via Windows Movie Maker?s inbuilt player, prior to publishing.

Posted by: marko Jul 3 2009, 07:13 AM

Well done on that find Jim, not being a Vista user myself I won't have this option but I'm sure many others will find that info invaluable

Posted by: Guest_Rob_* Jul 30 2009, 05:07 AM

This works the other way too.. I was trying to burn a 4:3 slideshow (created with different software) using DVD maker, but it always stretched on a 16:9 screen. I used this tip, selecting 4:3 in dvd maker and it worked perfect. Slideshow now displays correctly on a 16:9 screen.

Thanks!

Posted by: marko Jul 30 2009, 10:22 AM

Nice one

Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Jul 31 2009, 03:27 AM

Hey Rob - Thanks for posting..makes sense that it should work frack to bunt too!!

Glad it did the trick,
cheers...JIM

Posted by: ElFab Oct 24 2009, 03:06 AM

More information about aspect ratios in Windows DVD Maker: http://blogs.msdn.com/deanro/archive/2006/11/14/windows-dvd-maker-and-aspect-ratios.aspx

Posted by: ElFab Oct 24 2009, 06:01 AM

Windows dvd maker will encode in 16:9 if input video is wmv but will use 4:3 for other formats. I used a program to convert the videos to wmv then made dvd's using Windows dvd Maker. Isn't the best solution but it's works.

Posted by: Typedink Jan 1 2010, 10:22 AM

What if Windows DVD Maker does not open afterwards?

Posted by: Randomonian Mar 13 2010, 01:21 PM

I haven't tried this out yet, but i read that if you open options - compatibility - and then deselect "avi decompression" it should fix it.

Posted by: Garry Masson Apr 5 2010, 09:55 PM

This is rubbish, when I followed the instructions, I imported the video and it produced nearly 800 clips to import. Not good.

Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Apr 6 2010, 01:31 AM

QUOTE (Garry Masson @ Apr 6 2010, 07:55 AM)
This is rubbish, when I followed the instructions, I imported the video and it produced nearly 800 clips to import. Not good.



Garry - Please don't be so hasty to label something as rubbish. Most likely scenario is that operator error was involved.

Was the video you imported originally downloaded from a digital camera by any chance?

I have converted literally dozens of full movie videos to DVD using this method and have never experienced any issues such as the one described by you. In fact, I have never had any problems at all.

If you could supply details of the operation I will try and help:
1) What operating system.
2) Details of video; e.g. running time, format, etc.
3) Was the original video in one piece? i.e. was it just one single file which you tried to import?
4) What was the original source of the video...i.e. where did you get it from?
5) Please describe the process you went through, step by step.

Cheers....Jim

Posted by: Hayking Apr 21 2010, 09:52 AM

Convert 4:3 (letterbox) aspect ratio to 16:9 (widescreen) without losing quality.
I suggest this .

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Posted by: daolnwod Apr 21 2010, 05:49 PM

THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK.

I was able to solve the aspect ratio problem by following the above step by step instruction using Windows Movie Maker 2.6 which I downloaded from online free. The problem with this was that this particular version didn't seem to allow the user the capability of dragging the complete movie to the Storyline, rather, each individual clip had to be dragged, and as a recent poster just mentioned, there were hundreds of clips to go through for a fully downloaded movie.

To solve THIS problem, I uninstalled Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and searched my computer for the version that came with Vista, though it was not readily available in the Search bar of the Start Up menu. I found it in Computer, Program Files, Movie Maker, then MovieMK, and sent it to my Desktop so it would be easily accessible.

In this Version of Movie Maker, you don't have to drag hundreds of clips to the Storyline and can drag the movie in its entirety, however doing it this way and THEN following the steps to select the 16:9 aspect ratio all the way to Publish DVD does NOT work. The saved movie in 16:9 aspect ratio still displays 4:3 (black sidebars) in Windows DVD Maker, despite ensuring that 16:9 is selected in DVD Maker, as well.

I even followed another piece of advice regarding this issue to first convert the file to WMV format. In my case, my original downloaded movie was in AVI format, and I easily converted it to WMV, then proceeded through all necessary steps in both Windows Movie Maker (the pre-existing version that came with Vista which doesn't require dragging hundreds of clips) and Windows DVD Maker, and still could not produce the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Again, I have only been successful at achieving a 16:9 aspect ratio by using the online free download of Windows Movie Maker 2.6, but this requires dragging each individual clip of the movie (of which there are hundreds and takes potentially hours at a reasonable pace to ensure no errors are made) in order to be successful with the above recommended steps.

Also, in Windows Movie Maker 2.6, the version I downloaded, there isn't a "Publish" option in the tasks panel, rather it is simplified to just "Save to Computer" or "Save to DV Camera". At this step, rather than Publish to DVD (since it wasn't available), I chose Save to Computer, which of course did not automatically open the project in Windows DVD Maker. I then opened Windows DVD Maker separately and dragged my completed Move Maker project from the location I saved it, in Videos, to DVD Maker, and THEN the aspect ratio corrected to 16:9.

Any actual help or suggestions to avoid the painstaking process of dragging hundreds of clips in version 2.6 would be greatly appreciated!!

Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Apr 21 2010, 10:36 PM

Hey daolnwod - So you are a backwards download, eh.....nice one!! LOL

Seems we may be having problems with differing operating systems and versions. This is the opening line from my initial post under this topic:

This is just for all you lucky Vista users who will have ‘Windows DVD Maker’ on board

So, this system will only work for those who are running Vista and the native Windows Movie Maker (version 6.0) which is easily accessed via All Programs....at the top of the program listings.

There are certain circumstances where this version of Windows Movie Maker will not run on some Vista machines and those users will receive this message:

If you get an error message that says, "Windows Movie Maker cannot start because your video card does not support the required level of hardware acceleration or hardware acceleration is not available", download and install Movie Maker 2.6.

This method will not work effectively when using version 2.6 of Movie Maker, that is the old XP version.

So, if you are using Vista and its native Windows Movie Maker, by following the instructions in the initial post you should not have any problems.

As I have already said, I have burnt lots of AVI video to DVD using this method and all burn in 16:9 ratio....no problemo.

If you still cannot achieve the required results, please let me know and I can provide a guide for you on how to use the freeware VirtualDub to convert video to 16:9 ratio.....or, for that matter, any aspect ratio you wish.


Cheers.....Jim

Posted by: daolnwod Apr 22 2010, 03:08 AM

If you still cannot achieve the required results, please let me know and I can provide a guide for you on how to use the freeware VirtualDub to convert video to 16:9 ratio.....or, for that matter, any aspect ratio you wish.


Please let me know more about VirtualDub.

Yes, Jim, I am using the following:

Windows ® Movie Maker 6.06002.18005

I found this by opening Movie Maker and clicking on Help, then About Windows Movie Maker

Posted by: daolnwod Apr 22 2010, 05:30 PM

Here's another problem I encountered with both Windows Movie Maker 6.0 and Windows DVD Maker just today. I am mentioning this because I have heard of this happening before, but again without resolution.

I downloaded a full movie which plays without incident on my computer. When I import this AVI file to either Movie Maker, only the audio remains, but the video is lost. When I add it to DVD Maker, I receive a message stating that either the file is not valid or is corrupt.

Corruption doesn't appear to be the case as it plays well on my computer, and we have already been discussing that AVI files don't necessarily need to be converted in order to be published in either Movie Maker or DVD Maker. So, this is another dilemma.

Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Apr 23 2010, 02:56 AM

Hey daolnwod - OK...I'll post a guide for using VirtualDub to change aspect ratio (and video size in general) under a new topic in the 'Help, Hints, Tips and Tech Stuff' forum.....stand by!

QUOTE
Yes, Jim, I am using the following:

Windows ® Movie Maker 6.06002.18005


Hmmm.....that is the exact requirement. Strange then that it isn't working properly for you. Can't offer any further suggestions on that one then mate.....sorry.

QUOTE
I downloaded a full movie which plays without incident on my computer. When I import this AVI file to either Movie Maker, only the audio remains, but the video is lost. When I add it to DVD Maker, I receive a message stating that either the file is not valid or is corrupt.


This smacks of missing codecs. Tell me mate, which media player are you using (on the computer) for video playback? Many 3rd party media players, such as VLC and GOM already include support for lots of codecs and will play a wide variety of formats without issues. Windows Media Player does not include support for a lot of codecs and so requires the installation of separate, extra codecs or codec packs to achieve the same results. Other native Windows video/DVD tools, such as DVD Maker, only recognise the codecs which are supported by Windows Media Player and also require those extra codecs to be installed before they will work with some formats..


QUOTE
Corruption doesn't appear to be the case as it plays well on my computer, and we have already been discussing that AVI files don't necessarily need to be converted in order to be published in either Movie Maker or DVD Maker. So, this is another dilemma.


I agree corruption is highly unlikely because the file will play OK in a media player on the computer BUT the files definitely do need to be converted to DVD format for playing through a standard DVD player connected to the television. This is something which Windows DVD Maker does automatically.......during the lengthy first part of operation when it says it is 'encoding', that is what it is doing....converting to DVD compatible format.

What is the source of you video files? Can you check the exact format for both video and audio and let me know please?
A little free product called MediaInfo will retrieve all relevant information for you, including details of video codec and audio codec. It doesn't require installation and can be downloaded from https://freewarebb.com/MediaInfo-file400.html.

I'll post that topic on VirtualDub as soon as time allows.

Cheers.....Jim

Posted by: James (Jim) Hillier Apr 24 2010, 12:41 AM

Hey daolnwod - I started compiling the VirtualDub guide, got about half way through and realised it was going to be huge; some 6 or 7 pages long including 20+ screenshots. Definitely not suitable for posting in text format.

There are several video guides available through YouTube, just Google..."Convert video to 16:9 ratio using VirtualDub" (or something similar).

Sorry mate; the only viable alternative would be to step you through it verbally.

Cheers.....Jim

Posted by: Guest Apr 29 2010, 11:41 AM

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Your explanation of this subject is the only one I found! And thank you for the person who gave us the answer to this dumb problem! THANKS AGAIN!!!

Posted by: Guest May 22 2010, 09:23 PM

THANKS SO MUCH I DID THIS ON MY WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL WITH MOVIE MAKER LIVE AND IT WORKED!!!

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