How to get full screen video output when streaming on iTunes and Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jmy2469, May 12, 2015.

  1. jmy2469 macrumors member

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    Hope someone can help me out here. I have all my gear running through my Arcam AVR 600. When streaming video on iTunes, everything is all letterbox,how do I get everything so it is full screen? Is this a video output setting on the Arcam or the Apple TV?
     
  2. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

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    What is the aspect ratio of the source? An Apple TV will display the movie exactly as it's told to. Even some of the Christopher Nolan (Batman, Interstellar) switch aspects through out the movie due to him switching between film formats (IMAX related).

    If you are wanting 4:3 "full screen" aspect ratio, then the source needs to be that way.

    When you say "letterbox", are you saying that 4:3 movies are stretched to look widescreen or that you just do not like seeing black lines on top and bottom?
     
  3. jmy2469 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks or the reply, black lines on top and bottom.
     
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68030

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    Unless you have a ultra-wide-screen TV/monitor (21:9 aspect ratio), these bars will remain there on 16:9 format screens.
    The only way to fill the screen would be to distort it (expand in vertical direction), or chop off from sides. Either way, you won't see the picture director intended.
     
  5. cynics macrumors G4

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    A lot of TV's will have aspect ratio settings so you can stretch the source to fill the screen.

    Like mentioned this is distorting the image and generally frowned upon by videophiles however it's your preference.
     
  6. jmy2469 thread starter macrumors member

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    With the old receiver, it was never an issue, everything was full screen.
     
  7. bluespark macrumors 65816

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    Arcam receivers arguably are the very best available from an audio perspective, but that particular one is known to have buggy video playback. I suggest running your HDMI directly to the television to see whether you are experiencing a receiver issue or something else.
     

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