Hi - I admit I am a newbie and have joined initially to ask this question but gere goes:-
I have a Canon Camcorder (Std def) that has a pseudo 16:9 mode, meaning that if you play back the video on your TV direct from the camcorder you correctly see 16:9.
But if you use a firewire cable and record the footage to a PC as an AVI file, every video player sees it as 4:3 an the image is obviouly squashed.
So I need to
1/ Convert the AVI file to 16:9 in a lossless way so I have a new master copy
2/ And so I can burn a DVD that shows the correct aspect ratio.
The one thing I do know is that there are all sorts of standards and formats in this game, may of which do not involve lossless conversions, also that much of teh software is hugely complex.
What I am really after is a piece of freeware that opens the file, does the aspect ratio conversion and resaves - without lossy recompression
I have done the conversion successfully using AVIRecomp - but I'm unsure if this has been a lossless operation?