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

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        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!!

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          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
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            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

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              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.

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                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!

                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.

                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..


                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 HERE.

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

                Cheers.....Jim
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                  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
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                  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!!!

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



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