1061 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2007 3:11 PM by Edward 2006
Having read many other discussions, it would seem that iMovie does not recognise anamorphic widescreen cameras - i.e. cameras which are not 'true' widescreen but rather 4:3 cameras which squash the image to a 16:9 ratio.
My Sony DV camera is such a camera. Can anyone confirm this?
Thanks very much in advance.
I had the same problem with HC96.
I reckon it should be fixable for your HC42
Imovie seems to recognise PAL alright, but 16:9 setting doesn't 'stick'
I regard this as an iMovie bug, and the solution is the fps setting.
Open iMovie (I presume Version6.03)
Go to iMovie ;preferences.
Under 'import' tab change the fps to 25 fps
Under 'general' tab uncheck the automatic pillarboxing ltterboxing
Close iMovie to save prefs.
Open imovie, create new project, and in the next screen in the dropdown mnu choose 'dv widescreen'.
iMovie now imports and exports 16:9.
Let me know if it works.
iDvd is more controllable
The new project window gives direct control on aspect ratio.
The 'project' menu gives control over the project aspect ratio at any stage.
iDVD project aspect ratio is completely independent of aspect ration of any movies in the project, merely dictates aspect ratio of the menus etc.
You can easily have a 4:3 movie in 16:9 DVD, the television can correct.
Thank you very much. I've spent the last 4 hours trying to solve this and also spent a good half hour on to apple care, not even their "teir 2" imovie experts in san fransisco could solve this problem - you are a star!!!!!
I was just about to throw the mac through the window and revert to windows - you have restored the faith!
I've done as you said (although the "auto pillerboxing tick is in "import" tab (not general) on my version 6.0.3 of imovie!) The movie has appeared in 16:9 format as suggested.
I would also comment that for general information, I pressed on with the higer frame setting and edited the full movie with the wrong setting on the macbook all the way through which looked weird - then burned a dvd via idvd and used the 16:9 setting as you suggested and the final video looked fine - therefore, the only place where the movie is incorrect was on the mac screen.
Overall I would agree that this is definatly a imovie "glitch". Thanks again.
MacBook Pro Mac OS X (10.4.8)