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Thread: HELP!!! Frustrating video problem! Please advise

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    Default HELP!!! Frustrating video problem! Please advise

    I have an interesting dilemma with my imported video that I am trying edit in and ultimately export using Adobe Premiere. I used a Mini DV compliant camera that supported a "widescreen" feature of some unknown size at a 16:9 ratio. I captured the video using Windows Movie Maker and the original ratio that was shot with the camera was preserved. Now when I attempt to open it in Premiere it forces the video down to 640x480 standard ratio thus "smushing" the image leaving black bars on the side of the frame and elongated shapes. Can someone please tell me if there is a way to convert this video so that the widescreen aspect is restored.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Do one of the following:
      • From the Welcome screen, click New Project.
      • Select File > New >Project.
    2. In the New Project dialog box, select the Load Preset tab.
    3. Select a preset that matches your footage. Do one of the following:
      • For DV footage, select one of the DV-NTSC or DV-PAL presets with Widescreen in its name.
    I think we've all seen Bonanza.

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    You can also select 'Interpret Footage' and force the 16:9 aspect ratio.

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    Thanks gents, I'll give it a try and post back with the results. By the way, I'm using the trial version of CS3.

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    Thanks a lot! The 'interpret footage' did the trick, it was just the feature I was looking for. I was so worried that I was going to have to recapture all that footage again.. what a potential pain in the butt.

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