Help choosing format



doug ransom
07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
how can different sized formats like 720 by 480 and 640 by 480 have the
same axpect ratio in movie maker? What am I missing.

I can't store full avis, so I am downsizing my moview to use wmv. I'll
play them on the pc, occasionally make a VCD or VHS tape, and rarely
make a version for a PDA. What should I store my master in if I choose
to use a lossy format - 720 by 480 high quality NTSC or 640 by 480?

I am not a videphile and don't mind losing a bit of fidelity going to a
lossy format, but I'd rather not lose more than I have to. I just can't
back up my data if its all avis.



Doug

PapaJohn \(MVP\)
07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
Because it's not the pixel dimensions in the player... it's a tag in the
file that tells it to show it 4:3 or widescreen...

Not only is 720x480 viewed as 4:3, it's also the same pixel dimensions for
widescreen 16:9. The pixels are stitched or squashed as needed to view the
video appropriately.

I'd go with the extra pixels that 720x480 gives you... if your source
material is coming from something of that size... I'd go with 640x480 if
your source material is that.
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"doug ransom" <yeah.right@ransom.dyndns.ws> wrote in message
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> how can different sized formats like 720 by 480 and 640 by 480 have the
> same axpect ratio in movie maker? What am I missing.
>
> I can't store full avis, so I am downsizing my moview to use wmv. I'll
> play them on the pc, occasionally make a VCD or VHS tape, and rarely make
> a version for a PDA. What should I store my master in if I choose to use
> a lossy format - 720 by 480 high quality NTSC or 640 by 480?
>
> I am not a videphile and don't mind losing a bit of fidelity going to a
> lossy format, but I'd rather not lose more than I have to. I just can't
> back up my data if its all avis.
>
>
>
> Doug
>
>
>

doug ransom
07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
Thanks,

my source is PV-GS-9. I have no idea what the resolution is.

doug
PapaJohn (MVP) wrote:
> Because it's not the pixel dimensions in the player... it's a tag in the
> file that tells it to show it 4:3 or widescreen...
>
> Not only is 720x480 viewed as 4:3, it's also the same pixel dimensions for
> widescreen 16:9. The pixels are stitched or squashed as needed to view the
> video appropriately.
>
> I'd go with the extra pixels that 720x480 gives you... if your source
> material is coming from something of that size... I'd go with 640x480 if
> your source material is that.


Help choosing format