letterboxing in DVD Player

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  1. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    This may be a dumb question but when I watch a widescreen movie, I still get letterboxing even though I have a widescreen computer monitor-is there any way to fix this?
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Widescreen monitor (16:10 or 1.6:1) Anamorphic Widescreen Movie (2:35:1) hence letterboxing
     
  3. cuestakid thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I dont follow
     
  4. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The ratio of width to height of a computer monitor is 16:10, or 1.6:1, for example 1680x1050. 1680/1050 = 1.6

    Now, most movies, the ratio is somewhere between 1.83 and 2.4 to 1, so for example, if the ratio was 2:1, then if it filled your screen horizontally, using all 1680 pixels, it would only take up 840 of the 1050 pixels vertically, hence letterboxing.
     
  5. cuestakid thread starter macrumors 68000

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    ok thanks-I enabled the zoom feature in DVD player and at least made it full screen-I will have to watch and see which I prefer
     
  6. cuestakid thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i have noticed this same thing with all of my widescreen dvds.

    makes me a tad upset that I sprung for a 24 in widescreen and that i have to deal with letterboxing. Just out of curiosity would the same thing happen on a huge widescreen tv? If so, then why buy a widescreen version of a movie?
     
  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Because it's better to have letterboxing and see the whole frame than to have the left and right edges of the frame chopped off to make it "full-screen"
     

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