dvd player widescreen question

dadio2002

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Since i am new to mac I just needed a little help with dvd player. I have a movie playing in widescreen, I want know how to fill the screen with my powerbook. If 15" are widescreen why are there black bars at the top and bottom?
 

mad jew

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Hmm... Sorry but I can't help you other than to say that although the PowerBooks are widescreen, they are still a different ratio to widescreen DVDs. It's something like 16:10 versus 16:9 from memory.

They should only be slim black lines though, right?
 
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Nermal

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Yeah, the PowerBook display is 16:10 (1.6:1), whereas most DVDs are either 1.85:1 or 2.35:1. There will still be some black bars, but it's not as bad as with a 4:3 display.
 
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iMeowbot

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mad jew said:
But is there a way to watch movies at a 4:3 ratio? Even if it's just a crude zoom in feature.
In the Universal Access prefpane, you can turn on the zoom feature under the Seeing tab. That will work with DVD Player.
 
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mad jew

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iMeowbot said:
In the Universal Access prefpane, you can turn on the zoom feature under the Seeing tab. That will work with DVD Player.

Thank you very much. I know most movies really shouldn't be "zoomed in on" but there's the occasional flick that I reckon would be easier to watch if it used my 12 inch screen to its full extent. :)

Otherwise I agree with you Nermal.
 
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VanNess

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mad jew said:
But is there a way to watch movies at a 4:3 ratio? Even if it's just a crude zoom in feature.
10.4 Tiger's DVD player has this feature built-in. Go to the window menu and choose "video zoom" It has a couple of widescreen presets you can try out or you can adjust the zoom amount manually.
 
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mad jew

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VanNess said:
10.4 Tiger's DVD player has this feature built-in. Go to the window menu and choose "video zoom" It has a couple of widescreen presets you can try out or you can adjust the zoom amount manually.

Even better. Thank you. :)
 
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