Changing Aspect Ratio With Handbrake

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Nimiety, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Nimiety macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    Waiting to open an account on the Handbrake forums, but this forum is one of the most helpful so I thought I'd ask here. ...And yes, I have searched.

    I have some movies that for whatever reason are 4:3 full screen versions that I'd like to rip to a widescreen format (16:9). I would rather avoid grabbing the tv remote and changing the aspect there, but changing it in the file would be much easier.

    Handbrake's documentation is certainlyy full of very useful technical details on how it works, but misses the very simple "do this" answer.

    Has anyone stretched a 4:3 to 16:9 movie, and if so, how did you do it?

  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Go into "Picture Settings."

    Then deselect "Keep Aspect Ratio." If you want it stretched, simply change the numbers to that the ratio is 16x9 or 1.78:1.

    If you need further clarification, let me know.

    here are some common ones:
    720x405 (handbrake has it at 720x400)
  3. rscott505 macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    How is the quality when you change the ratio?

    I just ripped my first movie, and synced it to the :apple:TV. The quality was good, but not wide screen. I had hoped it would be wide screen, but if the quality is not good, then I will stick with the pre-set ratio.

    Thanks in advance.
  4. Nimiety thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    Any idea how to handle this in 0.9.2 (no button for fixed aspect ratio)? Thanks for the feedback so far...
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    If you stretch it, it'll look horrible. What I've done in the past with 4:3 content is crop it top and bottom to make it into 16:9 ratio. You obviously lose some content from the top and bottom of the picture but personally I prefer that to seeing horrible black bars at the side of my TV (or distorted video)
  6. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    0.9.2 has the "Keep Aspect Ratio" Button under Picture Settings. It is located in the "Size" section. Uncheck it and you can change the Length and Width separately.

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