I have changed the aspect ratio to 16:9 from automatic in my converting program(s) and the movie looked stretched or ditorted. The picture only filled about the middle half of the screen on my old standard TV. I don't want to have the 4:3 full screen format but I would like the 16:9 widescreen format but without the distortion(obviously). I just read through the explanation of aspect ratio at http://www.afterdawn.com/glossary/terms/aspect_ratio.cfm. Very informative, but I could use some help applying that info to my problem. I have been using WinAVI and ConvertXtoDVD. I also have Nero 8, Alcohol 120% v1.9.5 Build 3823 and DVD X Copy Platinum v126.96.36.199. I am leaning towards ConvertX as my favorite even though it takes longer. But if I need something else I'll try to get it. Thanks!!