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Preserving aspect ratio in WMM 
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Windows movie maker has a nasty habit of stretching image files to fit the preset aspect ratio - either 4:3 or 16:9.

SMBHAX has a rather unique ratio. It is closer to 16:9, but that still results in some vertical distortion. I've come up with a way to fix this.

First, you'll need a copy of GIMP, but I imagine photoshop or similar programs can do this, too.

Now, load up a copy of each scene GIF file, and perform the following process on each one:


Select "canvas size" from the "image' dropdown menu. Uncheck the little chainlink icon next to the width and height boxes. The original values should read 717 and 375. Change these to 720 and 405.

Click "center" and then "resize".

Now save the file...

Be sure to select "save as animation" in the window that pops up. Click "export", and then you're done.

You can now import that scene to WMM (set to 16:9 mode, of course) and preserve the original aspect ratio.


Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:11 pm
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The aspect ratio of the picture part of A* episodes is anamorphic format, 2.39 (717x300 pixels), but then there's an additional 75 pixel black bar added to the bottom for subtitles. Sounds like Windows Movie Maker doesn't support 2.39 anyway (boo), so this is a moot piece of trivia!


Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:28 pm
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I took the liberty of uploading my adjusted versions of the episode one scenes.


Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:06 pm
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Here's episode two.


Fri Apr 10, 2009 12:57 pm
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Hey star, what output settings do you use exactly? Like, file type, compression type, resolution, etc? I've been messing around with putting my ep 1 with sound on YouTube, but I can't seem to get it to come out as sharp as yours.

I'm using mpeg-4 compression in mov files (I've tried 640, 717, and 720), and they look nice and sharp locally, but once they get through to YouTube, they've got a blurriness to them, even in HQ.


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Its so weird that you'd mention that. I was playing around with my settings earlier... to see what SMBHAX would have looked like crammed onto a floppy disc. Not as bad as you might think.

Anyway, I normally use "Video for lan (768 kbps)" WMV. bit rate is 768 kbps. Resolution: 856 x 480. aspect ratio: 16:9 FPS: 30.

Episode 1, with music, sfx, your voicework, and my extra music credits comes out to a 17 MB file. Which is uploading now, actually.


Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:57 pm
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Why that resolution?


Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:04 pm
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Beats me. Its just a preset for that bitrate on WMM. I'm pretty sure that happens to be the same resolution high quality (but not high def) youtube videos are scaled down to, actually.


Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:49 pm
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What do you mean by that? I'm getting more and more confused. :p

The standard YouTube window is 640x360. Nothing I render out above that resolution comes out any less fuzzy. Just got done trying 856, still fuzzy. I'm starting to think it's something to do with the compression or format I'm using. Flash doesn't have a WMV output option, though, so I guess I'll have to try playing around with some of the others.


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Best result I've been able to get so far is using your 16:9 tip to add a sidebar to get it up to 720 wide, then output it at double that: 1440x810. Still looks blurry on normal view, but nice and sharp on HD view, since it's exactly twice the original resolution--and the encoding actually smooths out doubled pixel jagginess, so it's like getting free AA or something. :p


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