Why then doesn't it play correctly in Quicktime Player?
Many players will not automatically "unsquish" the anamorphic imnage. You have to change the player aspect ratio manually. I don't know how to do that in Quicktime because I never use it. Good player choices are the KMPlayer, VLC and GOM player. They all have easily accessible shortcuts to alter playback aspect ratio.
Hi Jim, thanks for that. I have downloaded and installed KMP and it plays the mp4 video files with the correct aspect ratio, so that's great. But in a bizarre twist, it now squishes the AVI files. So I'm in a situation where I need to view the AVI files in windows media player and the Mp4 files in KMP in order to view correct aspect ratios.
Out of interest, which format would be best to export to for DVD authoring? MP4 or AVI?
Either AVI and have Encore do the encoding, or MPEG2-DVD from PR.
it now squishes the AVI files.
So unsquish 'em. It's a simple keyboard shortcut/right-click menu item.
This is what I'm saying - most often you have to manually change the aspect ratio within the player to suite each particular file.
"It's a simple keyboard shortcut/right-click menu item" - that's the simple answer I was looking for re the KMPlayer, thanks.
Although I didn't find the answer I was looking for re the QT Player, the KMPlayer is most excellent and I'll stick with it for now.
Here is how to correct this issue in the QT file permanently so it opens in a QT player correctly .
Open your mov in QT Pro
Show Movie Properties (Ctrl-J)
Click on Video Track
Click on Visual Settings Tab
Un check the Preserve Aspect Ratio box
(Here is where you now need to do some math to change the 4x3 to 16:9 ratio)
Divide the Vertical Pixel Dimension by 1.78 and enter the result in the Vert Dimension box
Ensure the Preserve Aspect Ratio box is UNCHECKED
Hit Tab key and notice the image in the QT window change.
In the QT Window Menu - File>Save (Save is important!)
Heres an example:
QT movie Original is 320x240
Divide 240 x1.78 ( ie. 240/1.78=134)
hey shooternz, I am only using the 'free' Quicktime Player 7 (as most of my clients would be too). I do not have Pro, and thus do not have access to those settings.
It's not that I'm concerned about making the purchase, its more that I'm wanting to ensure my clients can view my videos without having to go to all this trouble.
For example, its one thing for me to purchase QTPro and get my videos playing as they should on my PC, but its another to then have to supply such detailed instructions on how to correctly view the video to my clients. I find it bizarre that QTPlayer is being such a problematic player when it comes to ratios.
Regardless, shooternz, great info you have shared .. thanks
Your clients do not need to have QT Pro. for this to work
You as their providor do.
The reason for Pro is so you can Save the file once you do the procedure I outlined.,
This procedure simply "tags" the file with the wide screen data and all QT players recognise it from there on..
It all makes sense now. Thanks for taking the time to answer my question!
Test it for your own satisfaction.
All my pro editor colleagues know and use this trick (workflow).
Admit it is strange but you dont learn everything in film school ....