Full screen Movies

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by horrocks, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. horrocks macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    Iam using Handbrake 0.9.2 I am using appltv preset I get black bars on the sides I want to get it back to full screen what do I need to do to get it back to full screen.

  2. f(A)t'kId macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Are you getting black bars on the sides on all movies? Cause full screen and widescreen are totally different. The appletv preset should convert it from it's original dvd format.
  3. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2006
    Also, if the content you are ripping is 4:3 that is the normal way to display it.
  4. student101 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Either crop it or stretch it. Or both.
  5. osuejm macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    What I do is in handbrake i view dvd data to see what the pixel size is. So if your full screen movie is 640x480 in the picture settings change the width/height to 640x400. I found this to replicate what your DVD player would do for a full screen movie played on a widescreen monitor. You can do the same if the movie is 720x480 just make it 720x400.
  6. oursfan macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2007
    Does that make the video fit the full screen? I have never messed with the video screen size on full screen DVDs. I just figured that it would give you the true aspect ratio. interesting. I will give it a try. Do you keep all the same Apple TV presets and just change the size?
  7. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Black Bars On The Side Are Always Going To Be There If The Source Is 4:3. So You Will Have To Get Used To It.
  8. fivepoint macrumors 65816


    Sep 28, 2007
    However, most widescreen TVs have adjustments you can make to your liking. For example, my new Panasonic Plasma lets you view in 4:3, Full, Zoom, Just, and fill view. Many times, 4.3 content looks great in Just view since it only extends the very edges of the video content, and not the whole thing. The result is non-fat looking actors (as long as they are in the center of the screen, and a full image with no black bars.

    Find these settings and experiment. Remember, every video source is different so you may have to use Just on some of them, and Fill on others. It all depends.
  9. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    And some TVs will not let you use zoom modes with devices with output higher than 480p. Mainly older sets, but you may not be able to use them with your AppleTV if you have it configured to output at 720p or higher.
  10. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    Not all TVs will let you choose the different viewing modes when using 720 or 1080 inputs. My Toshiba locks the viewing mode to FULL (same as used for anamorphic DVDs) when using AppleTV (with 1080i). So, if I wanted to get rid of the black bars on the sides for 4:3 material, I would need to zoom the image using Handbrake (or some other application). In my case, however, I prefer to watch material in its proper aspect ratio; black bars don't bother me.

    Edit: I see NightStorm beat me to it (I got interrupted in the middle of my reply).
  11. osuejm macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    According to the threads after, I am not sure if me changing the size of the movie works for me because of my TV settings or not. To be honest I have not changed my TV settings in over 5 years so I do not know. But I do have a widescreen TV and force 4:3 tv shows to look widescreen. So the DVD player and apple tv probably pick that up. I am just saying this is what worked for me. And to me I do not notice any distoration or degrade in quality.

    My Handbrake Settings:
    Adjust Picture Ratio (only for 4:3 movies as needed)
    Select Apple TV setting from default settings
    Under Video, 2 Pass and 1st Pass Fast
    Change Quality from 2500 to 2000.

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