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remove black borders in windows movie maker

  1. #1


    chentiangemalc Guest

    remove black borders in windows movie maker

    Hi,

    With PhotoStory 3 it was easy to automatically remove black borders from
    photos, in addition you could add custom zoom/pan effects.

    I really like Windows Movie Maker but as far as I can see you can't do these
    two things that were possible in PhotoStory which makes it more difficult to
    get certain results that were easy in PhotoStory.

    When I use photos with 2048x1536 they work fine in Windows Movie Maker,
    however when using scanned photos with resolutions of 1482x1027 or 1776x1189
    a black border is added to top and bottom of picture, rather than cropping it.

    Makes the movie look quite a bit worse.

    If it is possible to get this to work and I just didn't figure it out then
    let me know...otherwise a third party solution or PhotoStory (which wouldn't
    install on Vista Beta 2 but haven't tried it since then) will be required to
    achieve desired results....



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  3. #2


    John Inzer Guest

    Re: remove black borders in windows movie maker

    chentiangemalc wrote:
    > When I use photos with 2048x1536 they work fine in Windows Movie
    > Maker, however when using scanned photos with resolutions of
    > 1482x1027 or 1776x1189 a black border is added to top and bottom of
    > picture, rather than cropping it.

    =================================
    Best bet would be to prepare the images
    before importing them into Movie Maker.

    Use an image editing program to crop
    the images to an aspect ratio of 4:3.

    If you need a program for the task...the
    following freebie has a good crop tool.

    FastStone Image Viewer
    http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

    Some tips:

    Once you have FastStone downloaded
    and installed you can open your image
    in the program and go to...Edit / Crop Board...
    (there's also a crop button on the toolbar)

    On the Crop Board screen, you will see
    a button below the image with three dots
    on it...if you click it you will see a menu
    of sizes to choose from. If the size you
    need is not present, you can add it. Then
    click OK. Now you can left click/drag the
    corners of the selection box to frame the
    portion of the image you wish to keep.
    And you can reposition the box by
    dragging the 4 way arrow.

    When you are happy with the selection ...
    click the Crop button.

    Now...File / Save As...choose a save
    location / enter a name / click...save.

    --
    John Inzer
    MS Picture It! -
    Digital Image MVP

    Digital Image
    Highlights and FAQs
    http://tinyurl.com/aczzp

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



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  4. #3


    chentiangemalc Guest

    Re: remove black borders in windows movie maker

    Thanks for your advice, but is there a good utility does it automatically?

    Maybe there is command line tool that could be scripted?

    Because I have about 300 images I would have to do that to...not really
    something I want to do one by one

    Hopefully the automatic feature could be included back in later versions of
    windows movie maker...


    "John Inzer" wrote:

    > chentiangemalc wrote:
    > > When I use photos with 2048x1536 they work fine in Windows Movie
    > > Maker, however when using scanned photos with resolutions of
    > > 1482x1027 or 1776x1189 a black border is added to top and bottom of
    > > picture, rather than cropping it.

    > =================================
    > Best bet would be to prepare the images
    > before importing them into Movie Maker.
    >
    > Use an image editing program to crop
    > the images to an aspect ratio of 4:3.
    >
    > If you need a program for the task...the
    > following freebie has a good crop tool.
    >
    > FastStone Image Viewer
    > http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm
    >
    > Some tips:
    >
    > Once you have FastStone downloaded
    > and installed you can open your image
    > in the program and go to...Edit / Crop Board...
    > (there's also a crop button on the toolbar)
    >
    > On the Crop Board screen, you will see
    > a button below the image with three dots
    > on it...if you click it you will see a menu
    > of sizes to choose from. If the size you
    > need is not present, you can add it. Then
    > click OK. Now you can left click/drag the
    > corners of the selection box to frame the
    > portion of the image you wish to keep.
    > And you can reposition the box by
    > dragging the 4 way arrow.
    >
    > When you are happy with the selection ...
    > click the Crop button.
    >
    > Now...File / Save As...choose a save
    > location / enter a name / click...save.
    >
    > --
    > John Inzer
    > MS Picture It! -
    > Digital Image MVP
    >
    > Digital Image
    > Highlights and FAQs
    > http://tinyurl.com/aczzp
    >
    > Notice
    > This is not tech support
    > I am a volunteer
    >
    > Solutions that work for
    > me may not work for you
    >
    > Proceed at your own risk
    >
    >
    >


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  5. #4


    John Inzer Guest

    Re: remove black borders in windows movie maker

    chentiangemalc wrote:
    > Thanks for your advice, but is there a good utility does it
    > automatically?

    =============================
    The thing about cropping is that without
    your supervision you may lose portions
    of the image that were important...

    However...FastStone can do what you
    ask for.

    Open FastStone and go to...

    Tools / Batch Convert / check the box
    'Use Advanced Options' / Advanced Options
    button / Crop tab / check the box 'Use Crop' /
    In Aspect Ratio / 4:3 /

    Uncheck the box..."Switch width and height to
    match long sides"

    OK...

    Browse to the folder that contains the images
    you wish to batch crop...

    Add All button.

    Choose a format and a Save Folder...

    Click...Start button.
    =============================
    > Maybe there is command line tool that could be scripted?
    >
    > Because I have about 300 images I would have to do that to...not
    > really something I want to do one by one

    =============================
    Sorry...no whining.
    =============================
    > Hopefully the automatic feature could be included back in later
    > versions of windows movie maker...

    =============================
    Could be...I guess time will tell.

    --
    John Inzer
    MS Picture It! -
    Digital Image MVP

    Digital Image
    Highlights and FAQs
    http://tinyurl.com/aczzp

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



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