iMovie squeezes my 16:9 Quicktime movie. Any way around this?

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  1. rebhaf macrumors member

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    Can anyone help???
    :confused:

    After going nuts for a few days, trying to figure out how to resize a 4:3-format Quicktime .mov video into 16:9 (wide-screen) in iMovie, I figured out what the problem was...

    Much to my surprise, my Quicktime .mov video ALREADY WAS in 16:9 format. For some reason, when I import it into iMovie, it becomes 4:3 and adds black bars on the side. iMovie just won't recognize it as a 16:9 video.

    In another forum (on another site), I found out that you can first export the Quicktime .mov file as a .dv file and simply go into options and select 16:9. This worked; I got the Quicktime into 16:9. However, the quality is atrocious.

    Now, playing around, I tried something else: exporting the .mov into .mov (yes, same extension) and also going into options to select 16:9. What's weird is, when I did this, it opened up that little time bar to show me the progress... so far it's taken about two hours to move 1/5 of the way through.

    Can it possibly be this long?
    Does anyone know a better way to do this?

    All I want is for iMovie to recognize my Quicktime file as 16:9, without having to resave it in all these weird file types where I lose lots of quality.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. turkay macrumors regular

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    Which version of iMovie? What about your CPU and RAM?
     
  3. rebhaf thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately, most of my stuff is fairly old...

    iMovie v 5.0.2 (111)
    Quicktime Pro v 7.4.5 (25)
    iBook G4, standard config: 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB processor
    OSX Tiger
     
  4. turkay macrumors regular

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  5. rebhaf thread starter macrumors member

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    Not really. If something needs upgrading, then great... that's helpful to know. But what? Just the OS? Just Quicktime? Is it something I can only do with an Intel Mac?

    Just saying my stuff is old isn't an answer. Eventually, I will be upgrading everything. But in the meantime, if there's an easier short-term fix, it'd be useful to know what it is.
     
  6. johnhw macrumors 6502

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    Upgrade iMovie?

    It's an old version, I think it doesn't support 16:9 aspect ratio, just 4:3..
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    This says that iMovie 5 supports widescreen. This page isn't loading for me but may be useful.
     

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