Capturing Video in 16:9 Widescreen

Charles Ragucci wrote on 8/25/2008, 8:44 AM
I have a Samsung DV Camcorder that claims it recordes in 16:9 wide screen but when I capture video recorded in 16:9 from the same DV tape everything is captured from from VMS Plat. 9a in the standard mode. Recently I borrowed a DV tape from a friends recorder that was recorded in 16:9 and used my camera to do the capturing and the capture came through as 16:9 in the capture window. and in the file. I can't seem to capture in 16:9 using my camera when I have recorded 16:9 mode from the camera, I should mentioned that the tape has both formats recorded on it 4:3 and 16:9. The text below is from camcorder features text. I wondering if it is my camera or the way I'm capturing. Any thoughts or your experiences would help. thanks.

16:9 widescreen recording
Samsung’s 16:9 recording option ensures that the entire image is recorded. Once your movies are captured in widescreen format, you can enjoy viewing them without having to lose any of the images on your wide-format HDTV screen.


jeff92k10 wrote on 8/25/2008, 10:46 AM
I have a friend that had a similar issue. It was all in the camcorder settings. His has two different wide mode settings.

The first one (cinema) would add black bars to the top and bottom of a 3x4 frame to make a 16x9 image. This sucked because part of the image resolution would be taken up by black bars.

The second mode (16x9) would actually record in full-frame 16x9 so that the transferred image is full resolution and widescreen.

Check your camcorder's settings for similar choices

Tollkuhnator wrote on 8/25/2008, 11:32 AM
Make sure your project properties are set to use a widescreen template.

VMS9: Project->Properties VMS8: File->Properties

On the Video tab select the template for NTSC DV Widescreen or PAL DV Widescreen as appropriate.
Chienworks wrote on 8/25/2008, 11:46 AM
You can also adjust the setting after capturing. Drag the clip to the timeline in Vegas, right-mouse-button click on the clip and choose Properties / Media. Select the appropriate aspect ratio there (widescreen for the 16:9 clips that were captured as 3:4). This will tell Vegas to use them as widescreen regardless of what VidCap captured them as.
Charles Ragucci wrote on 8/25/2008, 6:20 PM
Thanks for all the replys. I hope I can work this out on of the reasons I bought this camcorder was because it claims 16:9 format. I only have one setting which is 16:9 and by default it is turned off. So i then set it and 16:9 appears in the dispaly window of the camcorder . Thats it its either on or off. I believe the image is suppose to fill the screen on the TV that is true 16:9 , but recently when I recorded in 16:9 in the camera and did the capture it cap what seemed to be in 3:4 or standard then when it was viewed on a 50 inch wide screen the image appeared strange hard to describe, people in my video seemed to elongated somehow. I'll try a few suggestions and report back.
autopilot wrote on 8/25/2008, 7:30 PM
Let me throw something else in here, too - my friend's Sony HC1 asks you if you want 16:9 for a 4:3 TV or 16:9 for a 16:9 TV.

At this time, we're using 16:9 for 4:3 TV's, but that may change.