VisualHubbing Old Shows For Widescreen?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by supercooled, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    Hi, I'm a fan of old tv shows that come in 4:3 and using VisualHub's latest version on their AppleTV 2.0 setting doesn't seem to have the desired effects. I'm getting 2 black bars (letter box effect?) on my conversions. I tried (admittedly not as hard) looking in the advanced settings but did not or could not figure out how to make it stretch to 16:9.

    Thanks in advance
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I don't use VisualHub, but you are probably getting pillar-boxing (black bands on the side). If you stretch a 4:3 movie into a 16:9 one, you are going to get distortion. If this doesn't bother you, then I would recommend just using your television to do the stretching. That way you keep the original encode in 4:3. Most tv's have a variety of settings useful for stretching a 4:3 image across a widescreen panel, and they do it so that the distortion is less noticeable than it would be if you encoded it that way.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    Thanks for the reply.

    I have used the native stretching tool on my television but I recall VisualHub also having a setting to accomplish this which, for intents and purposes would be a better all around solution for me. It doesn't merely stretch, it crops out a bit of the perspective and fills the screen in a similar way iPhoto does with slideshow.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Click 'Advanced' in VH and there you can maually set the height and width of the output file. Try 960x540.

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