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  1. #1

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    May 17, 2008
    Unhappy iDVD wide screen issue first time here

    I've been using Sony Vegas to render my pojects as AVIs.
    And I've been using IDVD to Author my dvds.
    First I import the AVI files into Imovie so I can insert chapter marks.. then I share the Project with IDVD.

    Well everything has been fine in 4:3 But now I need to work with 16:9 and it just ain't happening.

    I'm using footage shot in 16:9 edited in 16:9 render out in sony Vegas as a pal DV 16:9 AVI...I've changed all the settings in Imovie and IDVD to 16:9... but with no luck.

    When the final product is burnt to DVD and played on a Wide Screen TV... the only thing that is 16:9 is the DVD menu... when I go to play the main movie there's blackbars left and right of the image... it's not 16:9 and the image looks stretched vertically.

    But here's the twist.
    When I drag a clip straight to Idvd without going via Imovie - I get the 16:9 image I've been seeking.

    So Unless I can create chapters in IDVD without going Via IMovie... I'm out of luck.

    I'm using IDVD 6 and I movie 6

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    Jun 25, 2005
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    2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
    I not sure this is the iDVD widescreen bug, that exists in both iDVD 5 & 6 or something to do with you importing AVI files.

    Here are some links a Google search led to; first, second, third, and this forum.

    The strange part in your question is you say the menu is 16:9 ratio. I do recall others seeing both.

    You can add chapter markers using iDVD, but it is not flexible. You can only tell it to occur on a frequency. Use the Help to find how to do that.

    If you can export from your editor to Quicktime, that might be helpful for you.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

    Please post your results to the thread as it is good feedback.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jun 19, 2008
    Talking I think I solved the widescreen problem today!
    I was having the same problem (that the dvd I made in iDVD displayed them as squished vertically on the dvd player). I had originally used a .dv file, but when it looked bad I removed it, and just put a .mov file there, instead. It Worked! I had thought I was supposed to use only .dv files at first, so I had converted it from a .mov file in Quicktime Pro. But I guess I didn't have to do that. I don't care how it worked, all I know is that it plays the widescreen image correctly on the DVD player now, and it was just by using a .mov file, NOT a .dv file in IDVD. Hope that helps!

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    Dec 24, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
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    It has been a while since I used iMovie, but I believe there is a option in iMovie HD when you import you need to tell what format the media is.
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