Some movies are in 4:3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bp1000, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

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    I spent quite some time backing up some DVDs which play on 16:9 on my DVD player / tv.

    On apple tv they are coming out at 4:3

    The tv zoom function distorts the picture and by default I see black bars either side.

    I was just using the apple tv 2 preset in handbrake. Did I do something wrong or is there a setting on apple tv that can fix this?

    Or do I need to re-encode all over again?
     
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    Sedulous

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    That is weird. What dimensions does the actual encoded file indicate? Does it look stretched out vertically?
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    What aspect ratio do they play on your computer?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    They were recorded in 4:3

    American Dad for example. Recorded in 4:3 but my DVD player automatically switches them to 16:9 when playing the DVD.

    I understand handbrake has done it's job completely, but 4:3 looks quite crap on a Widescreen TV.

    :s
     
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    Sean Dempsey

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    uh...

    If something is recorded 4:3, there's no "switching" then to 16:9. If you're watching American Dad from a 4:3 recording, and it fills up a widescreen, it's zooming in on the picture and chopping off the top and bottom.

    Handbrake can easily crop to any aspect ratio you want, but a 4:3 recording will always be 4:3.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    It could also be stretching the image. Either way, maintaining the 4:3 image is the right thing to do (and most stuff isn't 16:9 anyway, so it's pointless to try and force everything to fit)
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Handbrake has done it's job, maintaining the 4:3 format

    However it is quite annoying when watching it back on a widescreen tv.


    I compared the rip to the DVD disc version. The DVD player will happily fit the image to the full screen without cutting anything off.

    Apple tv doesn't touch or re-scale the image, the only option is to use a zoom preset on my TV which chops off a lot of the picture.


    Is there anyway around this, even stretching in handbrake to match the behaviour of the DVD player... must be better than the awful cropping / zoom feature on my plasma.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well i set handbrake picture settings to 1024 and preserve ratio and i now have widescreen

    Yes it is stretching the image but it's a damm sight better than the TV zoom i was using before and to my taste the 4:3 on a widescreen looks really rubbish.

    I've saved it as a preset now and will use it on all 4:3 footage, i hope that i won't run into problems.
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

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    I know purists will say that 4:3 material should be watched at 4:3 but I'm like you, I like to stretch my media to fit the whole screen, these are the settings I use depending on weather the video is PAL or NTSC.
    pal.jpg
     
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    Sean Dempsey

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    4:3 purists? Why would you want to stretch out a 4:3 image so people look all fat and short like a funhouse mirror.
     

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