I am working with AVCHD widescreen files and want to export the clips with video encoder to make avi files in the standard size. However the cropping option is greyed out so that there is no other choice but to end up with black bars at the top and bottom. Instead I want the program to chop away at the sides. Anyone has any answers to that?
You need to choose widescreen in the export setting, that will get rid of your black bars.
Look under pixel aspect ratio.