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anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby hercules71185 » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:59 pm

I like to watch movies on my computer at 16:9 as my display is. And I'm burning some dvds for some of my family to watch and would like to know if I can convert the movie to 4:3?
If the movie is 221:100 then try the zoom feature it cuts off the top bottom and left and right drastically. If I could just crop it to fit I'd be much happier.
freeware preferably. But, anything you can assist with will help
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby KnightRid » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:57 am

Loaded question!

Most video encoding packages will let you specify the aspect ratio. Normally it will not so a full screen convert it will just letterbox it.

IFOEDIT is a program to edit the ifo of a dvd, which you can change the aspect ratio of, but i believe it will do the same thing - letterbox.

Widescreen IS the future, so why change it ;) I buy ONLY widescreen movies even though we still have an old 4:3 set downstairs. Be prepared for the future.

I know some software will let you basically zoom in on each frame to make it 4:3, but I have never used it or even know where to tell you to start - I think I read that in some Apple thread, and I ran away quickly when I realised it was about Apple :)

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good luck, but your best bet will be to change the dvd player to pan and scan or just leave it as the beautiful widescreen it SHOULD be.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby vicaphit » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:56 am

4:3 aspect ratio means the left and right hand side of the screen will be cropped.

when it says: "this movie has been formated to fit your screen" at the beginning of movies, that means that the original theatrical version has had it's ends chopped off to fit this ratio without making everyone look super tall and skinny.

If you leave it widescreen, you will have those black boxes on the top and bottom, and if you change it ti 4:3 you will loose actual picture.

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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby dkarko » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:19 pm

As they told you you can't crop without losing (alot) of picture. If you resize it will look like cr%p.
What you can do is use pan&scan just enough so that only a small part of the sides is cut off. Actually what you do is cut picture from left and right border to reduce the gap up and down, in most program you can adjust it manually as you wish (i use an old freeware version of bsplayer, but i wouldn't recommend it at all now since it has become adware)
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby hercules71185 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:03 pm

thank you I DO realize WS is the way to go. I have 2 of them. But, my parents don't have it. And their DVD player as I said doesn't just CROP it as it should. It zooms 2x. And this cuts off more than just the sides. It zooms in to cut off even the top and bottoms. So I'm getting 50% of the regular film at most. I'd be happy with a full screen 4:3. I realize I will lose a lot of picture. But, I will lose A LOT less than I am now. The reason I want FS is because its a 27 inch in a big room. and I don't feel like paying for them to get a new one haha. Most of my movies are in HD so cropping them to fit will still be fine for that TV.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby hercules71185 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:12 pm

yup
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby JohnnyVic » Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:46 am

VirtualDub works well also. You just add a filter like resize or brightness to your image processing list and then there is a cropping button in the Video filters dialog that sets the cropping visually.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby chrisrobbins28 » Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:27 pm

Im having a similar problem. i have a video at 696X368 ratio and another at 640X272. I'm trying to make a dvd out of them and neither is 4:3 or 16:9 and when I use windows vista dvd maker it always seems to stretch the size in some way every thing looks taller. I tried both options in the set up 4:3 and 16:9 and neither work. How can I burn a dvd and keep the size of the video the same even if there needs to be a black bar on top and bottom I dont care? I just dont want the ratio size to change.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby stev » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:46 pm

What about VideoSpirit Pro 1.40 ?

It's 4.5 stars on CNET

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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby greathobby » Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:08 pm

Hey, sorry to bring up an old thread, but I have a similar, but different question. I do not want to alter aspect ratios, I want to actually crop a video, like you would a pic, I want to remove some vertical and horizontal. Any suggestions on software? VLC does it really well, but I can't figure out how to save it.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby hnzw_rui » Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:10 pm

greathobby wrote:Hey, sorry to bring up an old thread, but I have a similar, but different question. I do not want to alter aspect ratios, I want to actually crop a video, like you would a pic, I want to remove some vertical and horizontal. Any suggestions on software? VLC does it really well, but I can't figure out how to save it.

Saving would require re-encoding which would adversely affect video quality (unless you're using lossless encoding such as HuffYUV) and might take some time for longer videos. If you're fine with some quality loss, then you have a bunch of options. I normally use VirtualDub for linear editing (crop, resize, etc). I believe Windows Movie Maker should be able to handle cropping, too.
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby thenormal » Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:29 am

I need to crop a specific part of a video, though the cropping doesn't have to be a square. Since i need to crop the head of a person shown in a video, i need to crop it in a circular mode, like a circle, not a square.

Any suggestions please?

sorry for my bad english...
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby kenc51 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:03 am

Looks to me like some spamming going on for this v1dcr0p pro software...........................
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Re: anyone know how to crop video files?

Postby DMB2000uk » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:34 am

kenc51 wrote:Looks to me like some spamming going on for this v1dcr0p pro software...........................

I kept meaning to lock this thread once it died, because it really is a spam magnet.

May as well do it now I guess.

So sorry thenormal, if you still need answers to your question, can you start a new thread please (as this one is getting locked).

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