Audials changing aspect ratio of old TV series
Audials is changing the aspect ratio of an old 50's TV series on Amazon video. It's stretching it from 4:3 to widescreen when it doesn't show this way while recording. I don't want it stretched and don't understand why it plays back stretched in all different players tried, so it isn't a playback thing. I tried using various choices of presets(Netflix. Hulu, Starz) and they all did the same thing(Note: I tried these presets on Amazon site just to see if they gave same results, which it did). I've had this problem before and was able to get it to record correctly by chance. Nobody should have to go by chance and hope to get it to work properly. I've tried several different encoding settings in mp4 and mkv, mkv being what I'd like. Tried the "Match Original file size" choices. EDIT: Seems the DivX setting for highest SD doesn't stretch the video, but I'd prefer mkv. ANOTHER EDIT! I was wrong with last edit. I clearly got lucky when testing the DivX setting cause it stretched when I recorded the full episode. This needs fixing please. This shouldn't be a crap shoot.
Unless there is something I'm missing in settings, Audials needs to make a setting to force the correct aspect ratio be maintained throughout recording so the final product looks as originally intended. If someone wants 4:3 stretched to 16:9 widescreen, that should happen during another conversion after the fact.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Using Audials One 2021 updated. Windows 7.
In Audials we do not have a separate setting for Aspect Ratio, the detection is done automatically. Have you already tried to create a custom profile with exact or original bit rate/frame size/ frame rate? for older movies you have to try more settings, we can not give you an exact output, because it depends a lot on the original file.
Thank you for understanding !
Me too. In my case I'm trying to convert a mov file - taken from a phone in portrait, to mp4 so its more compatible with various hardware. But no matter what I try in terms of profile, it stretches it to widescreen. If the detection is supposed to be done "automatically" as Denisa states, then this simply doesn't work properly. "Thank you for your understanding" is all very nice, but I don't understand - it's a big bug!
I learned a few things by accident after being asked "if I had done certain things yet" by support. After choosing a profile you want to use, go back to choosing a profile and select "Other or Custom" again and then click on "Create Custom Profile". You will see multiple settings. They are set at values determined by Audials. Now, you need to know what the aspect ratio is of the original video. Now you want to select 'Frame' and tick the "Exact" selection and then pick from the list of choices that matches your video. If it's not listed you can input the frame size in the box right above the list of choices. You'll get a warning about picking your own setting but if you have the right size it will hold that size to your parameters.
Audials auto settings seem to be problematic when it comes to 'Frame' and 'Frame Rate'. The user needs to run tests on videos to learn the proper 'Frame Rate' the video is playing from the source by letting them run for a bit and read what it says after about a minute in the Audials Record box. Settings have to be in "Automatic" during the test and then set to 'Fixed' once you find out the right number(23.98, 25.00, 29.97, 60, etc......)
I'm gonna be asking Audials what "Maximal" means in all those custom settings choices. Can't figure that one out for sure.
Hope all this helps somebody.
indeed you can select a frame size only from that list, you can not enter manually a desired frame size.
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