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Curt is not online. Last active: 12/27/2013 1:57:13 AM Curt
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Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 17 Aug 2013 04:01 PM
In Movie Maker 6.0 I imported a brief video (from JibJab). After it is converted to either .wmv or .avi there is a black border at the top and bottom of the screen in Movie Maker. How do I get rid of those unwanted borders?
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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 17 Aug 2013 08:27 PM
What's the original aspect ratio of the project? If it is widescreen, make sure you have set your project to widescreen also. Or, is it possible that the imported JibJab video has embedded black bars?

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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 18 Aug 2013 03:48 AM
When this clip is produced by JibJab it says " Frame Width 640" and Frame "Height 360."

When converted by Format Factory to .avi its "aspect ration is 4:3." I do not use widescreen.
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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 18 Aug 2013 11:09 AM
Can you point me to the original JibJab template you are trying use and download? Are you sure it creates a standard ratio of 4:3? All the ones I played with seemed to be widescreen (16:9). If you were to download that as standard 4:3, it would have to be placed within a box leaving black on top and bottom.

I would just check each step and see where the bars are being introduced. Start with JibJab and see if it is widescreen or not. Then check your downloader (which one are you using?) and see if the resulting file plays in widescreen or standard. Then if you are converting, check the converted file. Finally try it in Movie Maker. Also, try changing the aspect ratio (Tools > Options > Advanced) to 16:9 and see if it looks right or not.


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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 18 Aug 2013 01:41 PM
Blaine,

I'm sorry to say that I am going in circles. All I do in Jib Jab is click on Felice Navidad and when it opens I personalize it (by adding faces). I do not see anywhere in that process to select or change the aspect ratio. I use Format Factory to convert it to .avi format. Again, I do not see where I can select or change ratio. When I change the aspect ratio in Movie Maker it produces a clip with black borders all around the picture. So that has not helped.

A new issue is that I have not been able to mute the clip. When I click on Clip > Audio, the choices in the menu that appears are not active whether the clip is a project or a .wmv movie. So selecting mute is useless.
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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 18 Aug 2013 03:37 PM
I just did a calculation of the aspect ratio you mentioned:
640 = 16 x 40
360 = 9 x 40

Aspect ratio = 16:9 (widescreen).

If it were 640 x 480, that would be 4:3
640 = 4 x 160
480 = 3 x 160

Aspect ratio = 4:3 (standard)

So the answer is the clip is widescreen. Either in the conversion, or in adding it to a 4:3 project, the black bars are getting added. The only way to avoid this is to use it in a 16:9 project (Tools > Options > Advanced > Aspect Ratio) or to use some of the Resize effects to see if you can zoom in. Of course, if you do that, you will lose part of the video on the sides.

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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 18 Aug 2013 05:36 PM
Hi Blaine,

I am impressed with your calculations. Thanks for doing all of that thinking about this.
I apppreciate it very much.

I'll try starting a new project of just the JibJab and changing the aspect ration and see what happens.

Many thanks,

Curt

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Re: Unwanted Black Border on Imported Video
Posted: 15 Mar 2018 04:20 AM
You can crop the black border with a video converter app.
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