I go one step further and re-crop the clips so that I can have my stuff in 16:9 because those black bars on the sides drive me batty.
So THAT'S how you get your 16:9 footage. It always looks nice, no distortion at all. But I think I'd rather stick with my ol' 4:3 and not have to crop every single clip. Maybe I'll think differently if I ever put my nose to the grindstone and learn to use Sony Vegas.
Thank you. And... someday!
It's not too scary.
I don't know if my way is a very good one - basically, I have to decide what parts of the clip I want to lose since some of it gets cropped off. I also have to re-size everyone so they don't look distorted. However, you can obviously set a standard def DVD to widescreen on a normal TV without horribly distorting the image, so there's got to be a better way. I just don't know how. Blompeje does widescreen vids, too, and hers always look really good.
*wanders off to Google*