Do black bars bother you (movies)?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bubulol, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Hello, i am wondering if black bars bother you when you are watching movies content?
    Its huge black bar and many lost space, do you prefer watching on iPad (4:3) or another device in 16/10 or 16/9?

    Thanks you
  2. xaqt93 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2011
    I love watching movies on my iPad. But ever since Widescreen became a thing, I have hated the black bars. Its annoying to me honestly. I will watch Netflix on my TV or iPhone in most cases before I settle for my iPad. Unless Im using Picture-in-picture, I rather watch on another device.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    A tablet that is sized to show widescreen movies without black bars would be tall and narrow. So it'll have less screen space than a current iPad. It'd be nice for watching movies but be terrible for everything else.
  4. yegon, Aug 18, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2016

    yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
    Doesn't bother me on a massive tv, when the ratio isn't 16:9.

    Does bother me on a (relatively) tiny iPad sized screen, so I make a deal with the devil and, if the source is 16:9, I distort the ratio in, for example, Infuse. Accordingly, the actors/scene look marginally taller and thinner than originally intended, but not so much they all look like basketball players (not the other ratio option that merely expands vertically and you lose the sides). I'd be dead against this on a massive tv as you're bastardising the creators vision, but in the context of watching on a 9.7" or 12.9" screen, I'd rather it fill the screen. Films etc aren't really made for such small screens anyway, so it's hardly a culture crime.

    On really wide source material I leave the black bars visible as the distortion is ridiculous.

    I remember Tarantino saying he was horrified at the thought of anyone watching one of his works on a phone or tablet, heh!

    Vaguely related, I'm very happy Apple stick with 4:3 personally. Had 16:9 tablets in the past briefly, everything except video suffers. Not a worthy trade off imo.
  5. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    At first, yes.

    Then I get into the movie and don't realize it's there.
  6. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    This pretty much. The aspect ratio is one of the reasons I prefer the iPad over other tablets.

    As for the black bars, I actually prefer to have letterboxing (when watching widescreen on fullscreen) or pillarboxing (when watching fullscreen on widescreen) rather than have distorted images. Besides, I usually watch in an almost completely dark room so the black bars kinda just fade into the background. On the upside, watching old series (Buffy, Charmed, etc) on the iPad is pretty great.

    That said, I can't wait for the PS4 Neo and Playstation VR. Should be nice for watching HD/UHD videos in bed. :p
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
  8. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    As someone who gets motion sickness when they use "shakey camera" - the black bars help me. I like them because I know it's widescreen when it has the bars and I prefer wide-screen to cut off full screen. lol.

    That said, shakey camera bothers me the MOST about movies today. Makes me sick to my stomach.
  9. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    I know how bad its is, about losing space on such tiny display but i very like cinema black bars, it makes movies more immersive
    Do black bars on iPad make movies like we were in cinema?
  10. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Ugh, I thought I was the only one! Hate that so very much. Gives me a headache makes me sick to my stomach. Not fun.

    As for the black bars, I hardly ever notice them or are bothered by them. They just fade in the background to me.
  11. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Do the people hating the black bars have white iPads?
    I had one briefly and the bars did seem more noticeable.
    All of my other iPads have been black and the bars aren't that much of an issue.
  12. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    One of the iPad's greatest strengths is the 4:3 aspect ratio.

    So the extra black borders mean nothing to me.
  13. MattA macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I only watch movies and TV shows in their original aspect ratio. If that means black bars, then that's just fine. I hate cropping a movie just to fit my screen. I dealt with that for years before LD and DVD became big enough to eliminate pan-and-scan. BLEH.
  14. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    I see the bars for about 15 seconds, then get immersed into whatever I'm watching and never notice them again. I'm a photographer, so prefer the original aspect to things getting cropped or stretched.
  15. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Unless I am immersed in a IMAX movie theater, there are always areas in my peripheral vision where there is not a movie image. So it does not bother met.

    I once watched a guy on Youtube rant about the size of the bezels on his flatscreen TV, while he had TV placed against a white wall in his apartment....
  16. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I actually like the black bars. This way, I can have the media controls available on-screen without blocking any part of the show.
  17. scotttnz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I don't mind the bars at all. (and I have white iPads) Much better than cropping the content to fit. And as others have noted, a 16x9 screen might be good for movies, but on a tablet it is a pain for everything else.
  18. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    Not in the least. Ever since I started watching DVDs I appreciated being able to see the entire picture, regardless of format. Do they bother you on a TV set? Would you rather the image was cropped dependent upon aspect ratio?
  19. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    I don't mind it, the only thing I find stupid is that movies can play on my widescreen device but often still have the black bars (essentially defeating the purpose of widescreen TVs.) I don't know why companies do that.

  20. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
  21. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
  22. max2 macrumors 68020

    May 31, 2015
  23. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    Doesn't bother me because I want to see the entire screen. On a white device it should make for a better picture due to contrast ratios too.
  24. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    next question, which is the best iPad for watching movie then?
    I dont want to go on bigger size than 10 at best
    I d prefer iPad Mini format, so i dont go wrong if i buy iPad Mini instead of iPad Air?

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