Software for scaling 16:9 movies to 21:9 without problems

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  1. samcema macrumors newbie

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    I have bought mid 2014 rmbp (13inch) and planning to buy Dell U3415W as an external monitor.Do you guys know any software which transforms 16:9 movies to 21:9 aspect ratio? I mostly want to play movies in VLC? So how to do that? Any idea?
     
  2. ColdCase, Jan 25, 2015
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    Do you want the originals stretched or cropped? FCPX and probably any NLE editor will let you set the project to 3440 x 1440 any you drag your source video in and adjust as you would like.
     
  3. 65535 macrumors member

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    You have two options in the VLC player.

    From the Menu Bar

    Video -> Aspect Ration -> 2.35:1

    This will stretch the image horizontally to fit the 21:9 format.

    Video -> Crop -> 2.35:1

    This will crop the top and bottom of the image to fit the 21:9 format.

    You lose information with the crop however you stretch out your image changing the aspect ratio which may or may not be desirable.
     
  4. samcema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just want the movie to look like a 16:9. slight distortion is ok but extreme distortion is not desirable.

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    I am not talking about final cut pro. I want to watch movies on that display and some office related work. for productivity its fine. but I am worried how the normal 1080p movies will look like on that display? I want full screen experience without looking the movie far stretched out.

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    So both settings I have to apply to fit properly or anyone of them? can you show any demonstration. Will be really helpful.
     
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Why would you want to destroy the original look of the scene (or director's intention)?
    Any recent HD movie ripped from BluRay is in 1920x800 anyway and that's 21:9 so will perfectly fit your new screen.
     
  6. 65535 macrumors member

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    You're adding about 30% to the width of the image honestly a letter box on the sides is the only way to keep the image at a high quality.
     
  7. samcema thread starter macrumors newbie

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    U have said a good point. Most of the rips dont come exactly at. 1920:1080 . So just normal full screen will be good enough?
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    It needs to be upscaled, but other than that - you have no other options at the moment, really. Until 4K movies become mainstream.
    BD picture is by definition 1920x1080, so that direct rips contain the black bars already. But HandBrake, for one, does recognise them automatically and crops the output to 1920x800.
    So that is the best 21:9 picture quality you are going to get. On a 21:9 computer monitor, there are probably more, than 800 horizontal lines, so the full screen picture needs to be scaled up. That will not add detail to it, however.
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    FWIW, I have that monitor.

    But you are asking for two very different things, which makes me wonder if you even know what you are asking for correctly.

    "Transforming" a 16:9 movie to 21:9 aspect ratio has severe negative effects and I don't know why you'd want to do that, unless you just really, really hate pillarboxing more than anything else. As 65535 said, you can just set VLC to either crop the top and bottom, losing that material, or stretch it to the wider aspect ratio, where everything will look wrong, everyone will look fat, and movement such as walking will look comical.

    Now you are asking something completely different. If you want 16:9 content to look like 16:9 content, just play it. There will be pillarboxes, which is normal.

    16:9 content on a 21:9 screen with pillarboxing:

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