I have the Sony PMW-EX1 camcorder, to transfer the material to computer, I use a program called XDCAM Browser 2.0. Original material is in HD format (HQ1080i, 16:9), and when the computer program exports it to DV-AVI format, then the "Aspect Ratio" offers only 4:3. Is this normal or how to get a widescreen format ?
Computer operating system is Windows 7
When exporting to DV-AVI the default is 4:3 squeeze. This is actually the correct setting if you want to maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio. The video will only appear 'squeezed' when viewed on a 4:3 monitor.
If you want to use letterbox or edge crop, click on the 'Details' button in the TYPE area of the Export dialog, then select Squeeze, Crop or Letterbox under 'Aspect Ratio.'