If you use a good analog capture device, like the Grass Valley ADVC 110, and capture over a IEEE-1394 FireWire connection, and use a program like the free download Win DV to capture the video, you'll have no problem. The program will read the video and automatically set up the project to match your video specs.
If you use another device, like a cheaper device for capturing video for a DVD over a USB connection, it gets more complicated. You'll need to force the program to match the video.
That said, your analog video is 4:3, right? There really is no such thing as widescreen analog video.
Thx Steve, have everything you referred to, but on a new Mac mini; recommendation on video capture software?
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If you've got iMovie, you can use it.
But an App Store capture program I recommend in my Premiere Elements book is called LifeFlix. It's available for $9.95 and a great value.
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Steve, follow up to your original answer, curious, why are u given a choice to import in standard or widescreen
Standard definition miniDV video (from tape-based miniDV camcorders) can be 4:3 or 16:9.
Analog video, on the other hand, predates 16:9 video -- so it's only available in 4:3.
OK thx, so if you want to eventually output 16:9, is it better to bring it in 16:9 or doesn't matter
I'm not sure what you're asking.
Are you planning to output your 4:3 video as 16:9?
You can do that, but it will even have black on the sides or you will have to crop the top and/or bottom from your 4:3 video in order to fit a 16:9 video frame.
Is that what you're trying to do?