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Imovie crops my video after I move it to the project

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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to dengrey)
    To post an image on the web just take a screenshot, Cmd-Shift-4 and drag a box to select an area. Put it on flickr or imageshack or something and post the URL here.

    Perhaps we could see the project properties as well from the File menu. What happens if you make a new project in widescreen and copy and paste the content to the new project?
    15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • dengrey Calculating status...
    Before I do that, I discovered that there is a cropping icon showing on the clip in both the event and project windows. Every effort I’ve made to choose “fit” instead of “crop” still results in that icon showing. The clips that do not have a problem are (not surprisingly) O.K.
    MacMini 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Canon ZR900 Mini DV Camcorder
  • dengrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Here are two screenshots. My screen name is "dengrey17":

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/6029/
    MacMini 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Canon ZR900 Mini DV Camcorder
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:40 AM (in response to dengrey)
    And these clips were captured from tape? And appear with the crop icon in the events browser as well?
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  • dengrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The original source of the raw footage was my own Canon ZR900 Mini DV (Tape) Camcorder. It is non-HD. (Please excuse me but I'm very new to videoing anything and I only just started to use iMovie.)

    That clip from the project window I show in the screen shot with the crop icon also appears with the crop icon in the event window. But, when I play the event window no cropping takes place. When I play the same clip (which is all but 2 seconds of the project!!) in the project window, the cropping happens.
    MacMini 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Canon ZR900 Mini DV Camcorder
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 2:07 PM (in response to dengrey)
    I'm assuming you've set the clip in the events browser to fit as well. Very strange. I don't know how or why this would happen. You might have to recapture the clips.
    15" 2.4G MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • dengrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I think I found the answer. "Stabilization" was being applied to that clip. I turned it off. The clip is acting the way I would expect now. I wonder if that solves the problem the original user, who started this thread, had.
    MacMini 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Canon ZR900 Mini DV Camcorder
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5 (4,595 points)
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:48 PM (in response to dengrey)
    Ahh....stabilization! Good pick up dengrey! It's often the simplest things that cause the problem - we should have thought of that. There's always a tendency to look at the more obvious culprits when cropping occurs, such as aspect ratio. The Stabilization function in iMovie averages out the pixels (in layman's terms), which causes the cropping effect, together with a slight loss in quality (sharpness).

    John
    MacBook Pro 15" (early '09) 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.6), LaCie 120GB; Maxtor 250GB, 300GB and 1TB FW drives; Sony DCR-TRV20E and HDR-SR7
  • dengrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the help. And thanks also to AppleMan1958 and Tom Wolsky. As frustrating as this was, I learned a few things along the way.
    MacMini 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 4 GB Memory, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Canon ZR900 Mini DV Camcorder
  • SteveMids Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 4:11 AM (in response to dengrey)

    Good find. Scratched my head trying to resolve this last night but thanks to your post, all sorted. Cheers.

  • yeobojangles Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to Jazz)

    to use "fit", you have to have the clip selected or highlighted in the project area. worked for me!!

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