I have videos from my JVC Camcorder that are set on 16:9 resolution within the camera. When I play them back on VLC I have to manually change the video setting to 16:9 and then it looks fine. The problem is when I pull the file into Vegas or try to upload it to YouTube it comes out with the distorted video/scrunching.
Is there anyway to convert this video so that it looks right by default or can be uploaded?
Should I just change my camera back to normal setting and forget the 16:9 setting??
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It sounds like your camcorder uses a non 16:9 frame to encode a 16:9 picture. The video file includes a flag to tell the player that the video should be displayed as 16:9. For example, both 4:3 and 16:9 DVD use a 720x480 frame size (3:2) but include a flag that tells the DVD player which aspect ratio to display. Unfortunately, Youtube ignores aspect ratio flags. So you need to convert to a 16:9 frame size before uploading to Youtube.
It might be useful for DocD if he still has some videos on YouTube with people looking way too tall and thin, or if he doesn't feel like doing a proper resize to them before uploading.
For Vegas, set project to NTSC DV Wide. Then right click on imported clips, select properties, then change aspect ratio to "NTSC DV Wide". You should see a 16x9 picture in the preview monitor.
When DVD encoding ("render as") make sure you select NTSC wide for aspect ratio. That results in a 16x9 DVD.
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