Black border on video created by Windows Live Movie Maker

Have you ever feel very frustrated because your HD video created using Windows Live Movie Maker has a black border on the sharing result? I did ~.~

Frustrated and felt desperate, I just closed Windows Live Movie Maker, and planed to buy another video editing program. But then, while I browse on internet to search alternative for Windows Live Movie Maker, I realized there is a button in this program to change the aspect ratio!! By default, the aspect ration is 4:3 which is not a widescreen format. That's why my vid came with black edge. I really don't know why Microsoft do something like this while the majority of screen produced right now are widescreen. Probably this is an old program that still come with new Windows?

Anyway, to change the aspect ratio, click on view -> Aspect ratio -> Widescreen (16:9).


So simple as that @_@ The result was not too bad, below you can see the example of editing that I done on Microsoft Live Movie Maker, with 1280x720 HD size.



The conclusion? As long as you only have WMV format on your video, Windows Live Movie Maker is not a bad tool at all. It comes free with Windows Live Messenger and done the job like paid program do (title, animation, crop and rotate video). Just need to change some setting and you will be able to produce an amateur HD video :)

Comments

Anonymous said…
thanks! this saved me a lot of time. i was in the same boat as you were til i stumbled upon this post.
Grateful said…
Great, you have solved my frustration. Had been trying many alternative softwares to try to get rid of it. Solution may be simple, but the result is great. Thanks.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for sharing this! I'm very grateful.
Paul said…
Thanks alot, was getting really annoyed with this. What a ridiculously simple solution.
Anonymous said…
Thankyou for posting this, it was so obvious that I would have never figured it out myself.
Keshav Arora said…
Thanks boss. You've solved my problem of black border within minutes. I was searching for the last two days and today I got the solutions. Thanks man
Mr Frustrated said…
Thanks for your blog. it helped alot
Anonymous said…
Thanks for this!
Adrian Sutantio said…
No problem :D Great I can help
Anonymous said…
And adding to thanks- as someone said above, such an obvious thing, yet missed by so many!!

Cheers :)
Anonymous said…
After hours of frustration... you solved the problem!
Anonymous said…
Thanks a lot. Ridiculous that 16:9 isn't standard
aditya said…
Thanks. just what I needed.
Anonymous said…
Though it's simple yet just what I need. Thanks a lot.
Anonymous said…
Many thanks for this, such a simple thing was giving me a real headache!
Anonymous said…
THANK YOU! I was going nuts trying to figure out why movies were always being saved with the border. It's great that there is such an easy solution (for once).
Anonymous said…
I've done that myself, but guess what....... Even with videos that I've taken that were already 16:9 aspect ratio and fit my screen perfectly, Windows Live Movie Maker STILL puts the black box around it after it is edited and created. Now...... Maybe I'm the only unlucky one on the planet, but from what I have seen...... there is NO fixing the black box problem.
Anonymous said…
Same here, I have 16:9 footage, I put it into WLM and set the aspect ratio to 16:9, but the output still has black borders on the side and top.

It would be great if they'd make some kind of update to this tool, because there aren't many free video editing tools out there, and most of them are difficult to learn and use.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the help. I wonder why I did not see this option before :)
Anonymous said…
Thank you from me too!!! This saved me so much frustration!!!
Adrian Sutantio said…
No problem :) Thanks for the comment
Cedric said…
Thank you so much!
Anonymous said…
Thanks So Much. I just spent an hour or so trying to figure out why my movie was being saved with a damn border. Its ridiculous that 16:9 isn't selected when all the source video is.
Markus said…
Oh man, you really saved the day... Thanks for this post as I was also close to just deinstall MovieMaker :-)
Greg Muncer said…
This saved me all the way to Ann Arbor Michigan, USA.
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