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Cave Man
Apr 5, 2007, 11:24 AM
I've ripped the first two seasons of ST Voyager using Handbrake (H.264) and dropped the episodes into iTunes. When I open the files with Quicktime they have the 4:3 aspect ratio, but on my Apple TV they look square. I am using a 4:3 SDTV and have the ATV set to 480i. Any suggestions on correcting this?


Apr 5, 2007, 01:06 PM
Setting :apple:TV to 480i will not give you a 4:3 output. It always outputs a widescreen image. Since ST:Voyager is in 1.33:1, the :apple:TV will display it with pillar boxes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillar_box_(film)).

You have to enable the "widescreen mode" on your TV, if you have one. If you don't, you're in the same boat as me. And even if you do have a widescreen mode, be aware that the widescreen mode of your TV will add letterboxing (black bars at the top and bottom) while the :apple:TV will also add pillarboxing (black bars on the left and right).

The only way to get full-screen content would be do to the same thing I'm doing right now: rip with the wrong aspect ratio. As an exemple, I rip 720x320 movies to 720x240. They look vertically compressed when played on the computer, but the anamorphic output from the :apple:TV ends up displaying it at almost the right aspect ratio.

My guess would be to rip your ST:Voyager DVDs to 720x480, it should end up playing full-screen on your TV (although stretched horizontally on your computer).

Cave Man
Apr 5, 2007, 01:28 PM
OK, thanks for the explanation.