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16:9 Editing and Burning

Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Editing Forum' started by alexcord, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. alexcord

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    Hi,

    I bought Easy Media Creator 7.5 yesterday in order to burn DVD from my Sony DCR-PE1000e.

    I am primarily interesting in editing and burning DVDs in widescreen. Easy Media Creator does not support 16:9 nor does the DVD builder software incorporated in the package.

    I am using both Windows Movie Maker (supports 16:9) and the Easy option but can only burn disks with DVD builder. Will I be sacrificing quality by using 4:3 software? The tests that I have done seem to look fine but I have no true 16:9 software to compare against.

    Also anybody got any ideas why I can't record back to DV tape from my laptop? It is not the camera as i have successfully achieved this from an older laptop.

    Many thanks

    Alex
     
  2. MartinImber

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    It is not the editing which is the problem it is the encoding.

    Problems you may encounter are

    1) losing the W/S flag in the editor - I think this is a firewire problem

    2) Widescreen flagging on the MPEG2 encode - make sure there is one
     
  3. alexcord

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    Thanks for the reply. So the only problem is signalling the tv to switch modes? If so I can live with that!

    Yeah I did some editing of a 4:3 and 16:9 including some text over the picture and the text remained in the correct proportions on both samples. That is what led me to this initial post in the first place.

    Kind regards

    Alex
     
  4. Kevo

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    You can add the 'ws flag' after you have created the VOB file with additional software. (Copy to HD first, insert flag then burn vob files to DVD).

    I use a great piece of freeware called 'pgedit' to add the ws flag(s).

    http://pgedit.com/
     
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    for tv playback the WS flag isn't an essential component.
    Your picture measures 576x720 pixels regardless of whether it's widescreen or not. You TV will stretch this to fill the picture, if you originate as 16:9 then edit on 4:3, dvd author on 4:3 your picture will appear squished on the computer, but will appear normal on a 16:9 tv set once authored.

    When the TV stretches the picture fit it de-squishes the squished 4:3 picture
    (squihed may not be the actual technical name)

    The pixels are different ratios for widescreen and 'square', but the pixel count is the same.
     
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    Thanks gents! :thumbsup:
     
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    The WS flag is essential if you ever want to view it on a 4:3 TV (or monitor) as it will appear vertically squashed and distorted and you will not be able to alter this at all unless the 4:3 TV has an 'anamorphic mode' which only the more recent models have.

    Althouh not as essential but VERY convenient, the WS flag will (obviously) auto switch to ws on your 16:9 TV.
     
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    TMPGENC embeds this during encoding

    Restream which is freeware or shareware can edit this flag
     

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