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remove black borders in windows movie maker

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chentiangemalc

#1
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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John Inzer

#2
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.

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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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chentiangemalc

#3
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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John Inzer

#4
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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