iMovie (how to edit in 16:9 mode vs 4:3) help :(

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  1. charlestrippy macrumors 6502

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    Hey - some way or another I was able to get my Imovie to edit in 16:9 mode for all the hi-def videos - so i don't have to deal with the lame letterboxing while editing...

    example of the 16:9 mode:
    [​IMG]

    but the problem is it went back to 4:3 mode now so when i import my hd files it has the letterbox...

    example of the 4:3 mode:
    [​IMG]



    does anyone know how to switch between the two modes? thanks


    sorry the images are so large
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Use TIMG instead of IMG to attach large files - it automatically resizes thumbnails. You can edit the above posts and add the T to the IMG and it'll sort it out.

    This comes from iMovie's Help:

    It may not be perfect, but you won't get more than that from iMovie.

    Is it that some widescreen files are becoming 4:3 on import to the movie, or were they 4:3 already? I don't really know the solution if this is the case, being more of a FCP user :eek:
     
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    Open a new project and set it in the Preferences, save it and close it.

    Then open another one... and it should let you dow 16:9 from the start (or at least that's how it worked pre-iMovie 08)
     
  5. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    strange cuz i'm not seeing a file > project properties for imovie hd6?
     
  6. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i don't see anything really in the preferences that say anything about the two formats...am i looking in the wrong place?
     
  7. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Sorry, I missed the fact you're not on 08 there :eek:

    You need to go to create a new project. If you don't see the options, IIRC there was a sort of drop down "more options" thing to show up creating a 16:9 project.

    I'm just downloading iMovie HD 6 so I can see for sure where it is. 6min remaining, back shortly (will just edit this post when I know the answer) :)
     
  8. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah i don't see an option for hd 6 but i do for 08 - but i need the timeline editing of 06 (plus i own some plugins that only work for 06 now)

    thanks man, let me know if you figure it out it means a lot!
     
  9. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Here you go:

    [​IMG]

    Check the option you want and that should be it... But for DV quality... :confused:

    HD stuff will all be 16:9 by nature.. What sort of HD files do you have? Where/what are they from??

    (Try this first then if it doesn't work, tell me).
     
  10. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i can not believe that was right under my nose like that!

    i'm using a sony hdr-sr5 (which records to the new AVCHD format) so i'm having to use imovie 8 or fcp2 to import these files (since they import and convert) then I drag them to the program I want (for simple cuts, imovie - fcp for complex)

    i was having issues with imovie since the project would pretty much double letterbox - but hopefully this will work now that you found the options!

    i'll export and let you know how it looks!

    thanks again so much!
     
  11. bigandy macrumors G3

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    no problem :)

    good luck!
     
  12. charlestrippy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it worked!

    thanks again man! you saved me some angst! :)
     
  13. bigandy macrumors G3

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    Just remember, with 90% of Apple's stuff, it's always right under your nose :p
     

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