Videos importing in wrong aspect ratio

David-Humphreys wrote on 4/30/2022, 11:43 AM

Version 17 (build 223)

I've been using Vegas for quite a while working with both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio videos. Today it started giving me issues when I attempt to import a 4:3 video. After many attempts to find the problem I uninstalled Vegas and downloaded it again. It still refuses to to display the correct aspect ratio. Even thought the project settings shown in the preview window is correct at 1440x1080 the picture is stretched to 16:9 ratio. Square objects become rectangular and round become ovals.
Any advice please ?


Gid wrote on 4/30/2022, 12:04 PM

@David-Humphreys Hi, does it look like this,

Try right click in the Pan/Crop window, Match Output Aspect

If this doesn't work can you share a screen shot of the full screen inc Pan/Crop & the project settings, ?

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Musicvid wrote on 4/30/2022, 1:05 PM

Hi David, it is a well known issue with Vegas 17, both versions. 1440x1080 defaults to 1.333_ Pixel Aspect Ratio to accommodate the common HDV format. It does not take 4:3 into account for those particular dimensions, probably an oversight.

It was fixed in later versions of Vegas Pro, but since Movie Studio 17 is no longer being developed, your workaround is to set the proper PAR in both the Project Properties and in Media Properties. Right-click on the media icon in the Project Media window to get the latter.

For future reference, simply typing 1440x1080  into the Forum Search Box will get you more information and backstory than you will ever need, including an excellent video tutorial by @john_dennis showing you the exact steps to do this.

I highly recommend the Forum Search Feature for all users, novice and experienced, when attempting to answer questions, as they have most likely been asked before ;?)

David-Humphreys wrote on 4/30/2022, 2:47 PM

Thanks for the swift replies guys. I'll let you know how I get on tomorrow.

David-Humphreys wrote on 5/4/2022, 7:04 AM

My apologies for late reply. The solution offered worked perfectly. Thankyou.

Musicvid wrote on 5/4/2022, 7:12 AM

Feel free to mark it as The Solution if you wish. We work for smiles here.