Can DVD Player crop?

Nermal

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I have a DVD which contains 16:9 content with the black bars added to made it 4:3 (I believe that this is called letterboxing). While that's acceptable on a 4:3 display, it's a pain on my iMac because DVD Player adds black bars to the sides, so I end up with a "window" in the middle of the screen. Is there some way to get DVD Player to crop the bars off the original content so that it fills the screen?

Thanks :)
 

yippy

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I highly doubt it.

However, if you view the movie in windowed mode (not full screen) you may be able to expand the window larger than your display and then re-center it so that the move takes up almost the whole screen. You will probably have brushed metal showing somewhere but the picture will be bigger.
 

Porco

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I've had this issue in the past. An easy, though not ideal solution is to turn on the screen zoom in universal access. Command+option+8 to toggle it on or off, then command+option+'=' to zoom in, command+option+'-' to zoom out. See the Universal Access panel in System Preferences if confused.

Or you could rip it with Handbrake, which would crop the file for you.
 

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I think I'll just stick to VLC for now. I plan to rip the DVD eventually, but I'm waiting for the new iPod first so I don't need to re-rip in whatever format it uses.

Thanks anyway :)
 

VanNess

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Go to DVD Player's Window menu and select Video Zoom. You can choose one of the widescreen presets from the pop-up menu or use the Width and Height controls to dial in just what you need.