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Windows Live Movie Maker - I start with HD, edit and save in "HD" but it's not.


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#1 bsgranpa

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:29 AM

I'm trying to help my grandkids out with some sports/game footage for coaches. I have great HD footage from the matches. When I import to Windows Live Movie Maker, combine the separate clips, split and remove dead time, save as "HD", I end up with video footage that is smaller and not as clear as the original. I want to burn DVD's to send to schools and I would like them to be super clear. Any suggestions or ideas of what I'm doing wrong. Thanks in advance.

BTW: I'm on a Dell Inspiron, Windows 7 Home Premium.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:41 AM

Since you are going from HD to SD at DVD resolution you will be losing some detail. DVD = 720 by 480 resolution.

This is what I use for the process, The link has a trial version, I remember it does create a watermark but it will give you an idea of what a better program than what you are using can do.

TMPGEnc Authoring Works
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/TMPGEnc-Authoring-Works

TMPGEnc Authoring Works is your All-In-One Media Authoring Solution. Whether you’re young or old, beginner or professional, TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 is the easy way to author your own DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and DivX® ULTRA video. Import most video formats, edit out commercials or unwanted scenes, add spectacular transition effects, make your own subtitles, create professional-looking menus, and much, much more. .


Also plenty of Free and trial programs here
Video tools/software and downloads
http://www.videohelp.com/tools

For example this category: All In One DVD Converters
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/all-in-one-dvd-converters

Since DVD format does need to be authored to work in DVD players.

I hope I'm not scaring you. If you need help plenty of video hep there.

Good Luck
Roger

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:42 PM

Roger,

Thanks for your reply. As you gather from my question, I am very new at this. What I don't understand is why, when I add two or three HD clips to Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) and edit to remove some of the "dead" time in between plays, and then save as a new HD video..... when I play it on my computer, it's not full screen and it's not the same picture quality as the original clips. Is there anything I can do? Is there a setting I'm missing?

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:12 PM

I can't be much help withe WLMM as I never used it, I've always used Paid programs for editing and authoring.

In general Any editing and encoding which is what you are describing will reduce quality.

How much depends on your output settings. It would appear that your output settings are for a lower resolution and bitrate.

From this tutorial section 2 on the last page.
http://www.uwb.edu/it/howdoi/articles/windowslivemoviemaker.pdf

Then select Standard-definition (unless you filmed in HD, in which case you should select the appropriate HD resolution), type a meaningful file name and then click Save


The HD I work with is 1080i (1920 by 1080 resolution interlaced)

Working with the program I mentioned set to output a authored BluRay they look good to me. I would expect that if you are using the programs defaults for save format that could be the problem.

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