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    Default Novice: Movie Maker - what aspect ratio to work at?

    I've just returned to playing with Movie Maker 2 after a long gap since installing it. I'm 'learning while doing' but stumbling a bit at some basic hurdles. One is the choice of aspect ratio.

    My source images are AVIs captured from action in my PC window, and are about 1024x762. That's close to 4:3. But the ultimate aim, after making the movie in MM, is to transfer it to DVD and play it on my wide screen TV, which is 16:9. So, in MM, presumably I should work at 16:9 PAL? If so, should I take steps to first crop the source clips? (I have VirtualDub, which I am also learning, and that allows cropping.) I assume resizing would be wrong, causing distortion?

    If I left a clip at its original shape and size (to see a particular feature for example), would that then just result in vertical black bands at either side of the TV screen for that section of movie? But with no undesirable squashing or stretching? Would the same happen with any still 4:3 JPGs I include?

    Any advice/insights would be much appreciated please.

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    Terry, West Sussex, UK

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    Yes, you need to crop. Sounds to me like you should considor getting a 'proper' video editor too, you sound ambitious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W
    Yes, you need to crop. Sounds to me like you should considor getting a 'proper' video editor too, you sound ambitious.
    Thanks. Which 'proper' video editors would you recommend I consider please.

    Any thoughts on the other questions I raised?

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    Well I use vegas 6 from sony, others swaer by Avid, and the maccies love final cut pro. There are many more editors out there priced fropm free to ouch. Most can be had on free trail so I suggest you try a few for size.

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