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Virtual Dub

Posted: Sat, 15th Aug 2009, 5:05pm

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CTFPlaya360

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To be specific, I own a Canon ZR800 camcorder.

When I import videos off my camera into my PC and put them into WMM for editing, black letterbox format bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen (the problem). I edit the video and publish it to DV-AVI (NTSC). Then go into VirtualDub to crop black bars off the video so I can put effects on it in Effectslab Pro.

Is there any way (OTHER THAN VIRTUAL DUB) that I can crop black bars off a video after it's done publishing? Because Virtual Dub degrades my video's quality (it lags frames and doesn't render perfect quality). Why do black bars appear in WMM with my Canon camera when on some other cameras' videos that I import don't?
Posted: Sat, 15th Aug 2009, 8:58pm

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Axeman

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You are using Windows Movie Maker to capture the video to your computer, correct?

Are you certain that the ZR800 records widescreen anamorphically, and not just by cropping? It could be that it just crops the top and bottom off to create a widescreen image, resulting in a resolution significantly smaller than standard DV.
Posted: Sun, 16th Aug 2009, 5:01pm

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CTFPlaya360

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Yeah I guess that must be it.

What do you recommend doing though? Editing in Movie Maker first then publishing to a DV-AVI for later effects, or putting special effects on the raw video first, THEN editing in Movie Maker?

I know the tutorial showed "exporting from WMM," but is it a better idea to put effects on your raw .avi footage from the camera BEFORE you start your editations in WMM?
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 8:52am

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Simon K Jones

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Generally it's best to do at least a rough edit before adding effects, that way you won't waste any time creating effects for shots that might later be removed from the cut.

Check to see if your camera has different widescreen modes. Quite a few cameras can film letterboxed OR anamorphic.
Posted: Mon, 17th Aug 2009, 5:23pm

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CTFPlaya360

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Alright, thank you very much. I toggled the widescreen settings on the camera and everything works now.