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I have a project from a few years ago that was recorded on Sony TRV900.
I am currently editing this in iMovie 6.0.4. Is it possible to convert this 4:3 format to 16:9? How?
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Not without it looking "wrong".
It's a bit like a widescreen TV stretching an old 4:3 broadcast to fit the screen. Round things tend to look like rugby balls for example, regardless of how good the processing is.
You're better off with it "as is".

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I have a project from a few years ago that was recorded on Sony TRV900.
I am currently editing this in iMovie 6.0.4. Is it possible to convert this 4:3 format to 16:9? How?
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You COULD just crop the video rather severely on the top and bottom to fake the 16:9 look (ISTR there was even a plugin for iMovie 6 HD that could do this). Yeah, that'll look good ... not!

Your only other option is to stretch everything out, which will look as bad as cropped, lower-resolution video. No, if it was shot in 4:3, you are wise to leave it in 4:3.
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Thanks for reply. I knew stretching it out wasn´t the answer. Thought maybe a letterboxing thing might look OK. Just trying to make project adapt to all the wide screen TVs.

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Thanks for reply. I knew stretching it out wasn´t the answer. Thought maybe a letterboxing thing might look OK. Just trying to make project adapt to all the wide screen TVs.

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Yeah, the trick to that is to shoot it in true 16:9 *first,* then crop the sides for the 4:3 version (the same way fullscreen DVDs "modify the film to fit your television").
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