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.