Does iMac play anamorphic dvd?

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  1. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    i have been having trouble with encoding with hb, getting the picture size right. so, i just put a dvd into a pc, two dvd players and my new iMac. all but the iMac played the dvd in anamorphic. on the apple i tried vlc, front row, anydvd and idvd all of them filled the screen. anything i can do? remember i am new to mac
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    With VLC player you can cycle through different aspect ratios by pressing the "A" key. I don't know about DVD Player though.

    What DVD do you have a problem with and what settings (Picture Settings) did you use in Handbrake?
     
  3. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cool...

    ok i really like my videos to be the way they are meant to be seen, as in widescreen. i am starting to think this is not possible. up to now i have been ripping my dvds to iso, but now i have a mac and an atv which doesn't allow me to view iso. i am using the presets for atv for the dvd american gangster. i am so new to this that i am sure i drive people crazy....
     
  4. randomerratum macrumors 6502

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    the iMac should play it properly if it's properly flagged for 16:9 playback. You may need to change this somehow. DVDAfterEdit can change the 16:9 flag... a little advanced and I don't remember how to do it off the top of my head but I think it's fairly simple.

    What are you using to burn? Are you authoring the disc yourself?
     
  5. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i am not burning to a disc. i am using handbrake.
     
  6. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    Might try using avidemux instead. One of the things I don't like about handbrake is its resize filter is rather screwy and limited.
     
  7. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol i tried that one...i could never figure out of it actually worked. i will dig into it to figure it out
     
  8. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    It's pretty straightforward if you ask me, and much more flexible than handbrake.

    If you need any help with it, ask me.
     
  9. randomerratum macrumors 6502

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    OH! You're creating a file then... You're getting a 4:3 image (everybody's tall and skinny) in your resulting file right? Make sure it's set to rip the image to a 16x9 resolution... something like 854 x 480... that ought to force it to resize the image to the proper aspect ratio using square pixels.
     
  10. TofSanity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok...i think i have finally figured it all out, well maybe. it seems itunes and qt play the video at the true aspect of dvd and not what i am used to seeing on a tv screen?? with letter boxing and such on something at 1.85:1
     

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