Resolved Aspect ratio of video files being stretched during playback

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  1. Shaggysaurus, Dec 13, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011

    Shaggysaurus macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011
    I have been trying to research this problem on the internet to no avail.

    I have a 13" macbook pro. I have my screen set to the native 1280 x 800 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio). When using quicktime or Mplayer OSX to play avi files that are supposed to be 16:9 they are stretched way beyond that, to something like a 23:10 ratio. Its as if my player thinks my screen is 4:3 and is stretching the video accordingly.

    The strange thing is avi files that are in 4:3 play just fine, in the correct aspect ratio without stretching.

    This problem is not just limited to one certain 16:9 file either - every 16:9 file I have tried to play is stretched this way.

    I have taken some screenshots to illustrate the stretching:

    here is the video in the "actual size"

    and fit to the screen:

    in Fullscreen mode:

    here I tried clicking to button to fill the screen, but as you can see it just pushed the sides out of the screen, so it is still stretched:

    and here, for comparison, is a screenshot of the stretched 16:9 next to a regular 4:3

    any advice anyone could offer as to how to fix this issue would be appreciated
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    That is normal, as many movies use an aspect ratio of 2.35 : 1.
    The movie yo have has that ratio, the TV series you show has a ratio of 16:9.

    As far as I can see, there is no stretching involved.
  3. Shaggysaurus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011
    I did not know that. I thought wide-screen was always 16:9.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

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