33966 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2010 8:24 AM by anlaochfhile
Not sure about the stretching, but you can use videos that are in your iPhoto library directly in iMovie, without exporting them. In your "Event Library" in the lower-left corner of iMovie is an "iPhoto Videos" tab. Clicking on this will show all the videos you have in iPhoto. Perhaps if you do it this way you wont have the stretching issue.
Are you still having this problem? I was too and no one online had answers so after a couple of beers and brainfood, here is how I resolved it:
~ Import the video to a folder on desktop
~ Open video with QuickTime (video will orient and display properly)
~ Go to File/Export
~ Change the name in the Save As box (leave the extension as is though)
~ Below at Export, Select "Movie to QuickTime Movie" then click Options
~ In the Movie Settings box that appears click the "Size..." button
~ This brings up the "Export Size Settings" box, select "Current" in Dimensions
~ Leave everything as it is and click OK
~ Click OK in the Movie Settings box
~ Click Save
After the export is complete, drag the new file into iMovie and you will see it is correct. You will have vertical black letterbox bars on the sides but the dimensions will be correct.
Sorry it won't help you if you already shot video with iPhone, but next time, shoot video while holding the iPhone SIDEWAYS!!!! Therefore, whether you watch it back on your iPhone, computer, TV or import it into iMovie, it will always display the largest it can be and will have the proper aspect ratio.