14 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2008 11:39 AM by richvid
RBL Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
Anyone had this problem? I am importing non-HD DV from a camcorder shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. iMovie imports as 16:9 so it looks stretched. Any ideas how that may be fixed?

Dual 1.8 G5, Mac OS X (10.3.6)
  • 1. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)
    when you choose 'New Project' you're asked 4:3 or 16:9.. what did you select?
  • 2. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Dirk Eckert Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    Another addition to this problem:

    all setting to 4:3
    imported material in 4:3

    some was imported and processed as 16:9, some correctly as 4:3. A bug?

    Dirk
  • 3. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)
    ... Another addition ...


    is it? the OP discribes his problem in detail (import from tape), you don't ..
    .. and haven't replied to my answer...

    for sure, .mov can lack a 4:3 flag, or contain a wrong-setted 16:9 flag..
    this is quite different to the OP's original question...

    that's why the ToU ask you to avoid 'threadjacking' ...
    we now have to discuss two different aspects in one thread.. not easy to follow that ..
  • 4. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Dirk Eckert Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    yes, it is not an answer, just another aspect of this problem which I encountered.

    I am using iDive to import and archive my clips. The ones I mentioned were all within one batch that I imported without interruption from one tape. The files were then imported as a file import into '08.

    Maybe it is a flag problem but, as said, some were handled correctly, others not.

    I tried these files with the following other programs too, which processed them in the correct ratio:

    iDive
    Quicktime
    iMovie 06
    Norrkroos Movie
    FCE

    This is why I tend to believe, it may be more than just a plan settings problem, thus my addition.

    Dirk
  • 5. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Evian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar problem.
    When importanting a 4:3 movie but simulating 16:9 (that's the camera adds two black bands above and below the image) the import function thinks the format is 16:9 and therefore stretches the image. Is there a way to avoid it?
  • 6. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    RBL Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    I tried it with 4:3, but no luck. It just crops the edges but is still stretched. It seems the problem is with the imported clips in "iMovie Events", rather than at the Project stage.
  • 7. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    RBL Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    This is actually what I was doing as well. I will try importing some without the simulated 16:9 and see if it works, although I will still need a solution for the simulated 16:9. Did you try importing regular 4:3 and did it work okay for you on those clips?
  • 8. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    RBL Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Bingo! The non-letter boxed video imported just fine. I went to my old Mac that has iMovie HD on it, and the letter-boxed video imported correctly there, so I will try copying those imported files onto my new Mac and see if they still work.

    Sounds like this is a bug specific to iMovie '08. Is there any way to notify Apple of the bug?
  • 9. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Dirk Eckert Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
    There is an option to report or contact support via mail under apple.com, check under support there. Don't remember the exact link, but you will find one there for each Apple app.

    Please report if working it via the iMovie 06 import resolves the issue, for I had it with clips imported/captures via iDive. As written earlier, 08 was the only app, not to pick them up correctly, that is some ok and some not, all of the same import batch.

    Dirk
  • 10. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    RBL Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    iMOvie 06 worked just fine. It looks like only iMovie 08 has trouble reading the files. There's even no problem with the ".dv" files that are created when iMovie 08 does the import - I can open them up in Quicktime and they look fine - it's just that iMovie 08 doesn't read them properly.
  • 11. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Doctor Smith Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm running into the same problem too. I'm trying to import a tape into iMovie '08 and it's being stretched from 4:3 to 16:9. I did not have this problem with iMovie '06.
  • 12. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    Guillermo Acilu Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)
    Hi guys,

    I had the same problem, but I could solve it. It looks like iMovie 08 tries to import all ".dv" files as 16:9. If they are 4:3, iMovie stretches them.
    I was having the problem with some files, but with others don't. Checking the differences in the files I have realized than all the movie properties were exactly the same in all the movies, dimensions, bit rate, everything. So, where can it be the difference? The file extension. The files imported correctly did not have any extension. The ones with the extension .dv" were stretched from 4:3 to 16:9. I have removed the file extension from Get Info in finder (not with file rename) and also I deleted the iMovie Cache and Thumbnails. Now the movies clips are perfect.
    I hope this helps.
  • 13. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    a9702466 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I also have the problem, that movies recordered in the camcorder's 16:9-mode (which actually only adds black lines because it is a 4:3-camcorder) will be scretched on imovie's import. Is there an alternative (free) way to import those videos not using imovie? After that I could import the videos to imovie as files and use the "extension-trick".
  • 14. Re: iMovie imports 4:3 as 16:9
    richvid Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
    RBL wrote:
    Bingo! The non-letter boxed video imported just fine. I went to my old Mac that has iMovie HD on it, and the letter-boxed video imported correctly there, so I will try copying those imported files onto my new Mac and see if they still work.

    Sounds like this is a bug specific to iMovie '08. Is there any way to notify Apple of the bug?


    You can send Apple feedback of the problem you are encountering in imovie 08 by using this link http://www.apple.com/feedback/imovie.html and clicking on 'Bug Report' from the feedback type dropdown menu.