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    Progress Update

    Good news - got the videos resized so they fit and the bars are gone. Here's what I did using all your suggestions (and lots of experimentation!):
    • re-downloaded from stock site in WMV format
    • opened in Movie Maker
    • used Project tab to check ratio: all were wide screen
    • saved each one as MP4 movie using "recommended settings"
    • changed sizes to 250W x 180H (frame sizes) using online converter
    • converted resized images to FLV
    • uploaded to WordPress site using Add Media

    ...and they look good. To be honest, I think they are slightly stretched vertically, but not enough to be noticeable by users.

    I still need to learn a lot about this whole video issue, but thank you all for working me through getting these three looking better on our site. That was the urgent priority!

    With many thanks and much appreciation,

    Linda

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    Aspect ratio is a really complex issue. The best tool I've found to analyze aspect ratio issues is the free GSPOT (http://www.headbands.com/gspot/index.htm) program. Gspot will tell you the aspect ratio - all of them including the Display Aspect Ratio (DAR) which players use regardless of the actual Screen Aspect Ratio (SAR). These affect how various editors approach the video within the editor so that bars can be cropped (or included). As always, getting into the weeds immediately increases the complexity of what should seem a simple task.

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    Thanks for the further information and the link, Harry. I noticed that the program is good up to only Windows Vista. Does that present an issue since I'm running Windows 7?

    As always, getting into the weeds immediately increases the complexity of what should seem a simple task.
    I couldn't agree with you more!

    Linda

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    GSpot will work with just about anything from XP to W8.1.
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    Thanks, Clint. Will download it and give it a try.

    Question: just read details on CNET download page. It sounds pretty technical. Is it something a non-technical person could use effectively?

    Linda
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    It is technical, yes, but you'll just have to see for yourself what might be usable to you.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    I understand. Will give it a try. Thanks.

    Linda

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