moved: VHS Line on iMovie

in Mac Software edited January 2014
I was wondering if there was a way to get rid of the fuzzy line I have on my iMovie video after importing from a vhs tape. It is a constant line at the bottom of the picture. Anyone know how to get rid of this? Can you put a black bar on the bottom and top? ( a modified 16x9 look)

suggestions welcome

[ 02-06-2003: Message edited by: Brad ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 7
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    i get that too...

    dont understand it.... errrr
  • Reply 2 of 7
    elricelric Posts: 230member
    Ok to do this you will need quicktime pro and either photoshop or photoshop elements. Ok first export your movie for quicktime in full quality. Now open up photoshop and create a new image 720x480 (quicktime size) with a transparent background and draw your black boxes at the top and bottom. small letterbox for NTSC is like 60 pixels and 72 pixels for PAL of course you can make them whatever you want. Save the image to a file then open the file with quicktime. Edit-&gt;Select All, Edit-&gt;Copy then close that window. Now open your video in quicktime, Edit-&gt;select all then edit-&gt;add scaled. Now open the movie properties (Movie-&gt;Get Movie Properties) in the left pull down menu choose 'video track 2' and in the right pull down menu choose 'Graphics Mode' now in the box below choose 'straight alpha' and close the properties window. Save your video then import it back into imovie <img src="graemlins/cancer.gif" border="0" alt="[cancer]" />
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    elricelric Posts: 230member
    Oh, hmm there is an easier way. In iMovie 3.0.1 there is a letterbox option in effects. Just noticed it so I havent used it yet.
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    myahmacmyahmac Posts: 222member
    hey if you dont want to morph or clip your image, what i do is usualy just increase the size a bit so that the bottom is off.
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    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by Elric:

    <strong>Oh, hmm there is an easier way. In iMovie 3.0.1 there is a letterbox option in effects. Just noticed it so I havent used it yet.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    exactly. It will cut off a lot though. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 6 of 7
    [quote]Originally posted by cubs23:

    <strong>after importing from a vhs tape. </strong><hr></blockquote>

    How do you get VHS into your computer in the first place? I was just looking at a stack of VHS tapes today and wishing I could make some Quicktimes out of them...
  • Reply 7 of 7
    That line you are seeing, if I understand the description correctly, is typically not shown on a TV screen because it contains addition information such as the closed captioning data. When you bridge the video signal to the computer, you are usually grabbing the *full* frame which is actually slightly larger than what the TV screen displays and includes this line of data.

    You should only be concerned about getting rid of the line if you are publishing the video to the web or to be displayed on computers only. If this is going back out to a TV, then you won't see that line when you watch it on the TV.

    Oh yeah, and iLife threads belong in Digital Hub. Moving now...

    [ 02-06-2003: Message edited by: Brad ]</p>
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