TV Show Not Filling Screen

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DJAKO, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. DJAKO macrumors 6502a

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    I've been ripping movies using the AppleTV present and everything looks fine on my older style CRT like TV.

    I started to rip my Seinfeld DVDs using the same AppleTV preset and when viewed on my TV they are black bars on both sides of the movie, they aren't filling up the screen.

    Why is this and how can I fix it?

    I do plan on buying a 42in LCD TV in the next few months so I don't know if it would work on there, but for the time being I want it to look good on my current TV
     
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  3. DJAKO thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Same thing I use for everything. MTR > Handbrake
     
  4. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty sure the problem is just that the sienfeld episodes are old, and not HD, so they are not widescreen. This can't be fixed, it's just the aspect ratio of the original files.
     
  5. DJAKO thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But when I put the DVD and play it on the TV normally it plays fine and fills the screen. I don't see why this should be any different.
     
  6. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    hmm, idk, maybe your dvd player has some sort of upscaler or something, not really sure.
     
  7. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    Look at your TV remote and find the button to cycle through the aspect ratio's (sometimes referred to as format depending on the brand of TV) and there should be one that fills the screen. Some DVD players do this, the AppleTV does not (at least currently). Be aware that viewing any content this way will either stretch the picture or crop the top and bottom of the image.
     
  8. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    right, I was thinking that, there isn't a way to make the apple tv stretch the picture?
     
  9. cyberbolt macrumors member

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    Why would you want to watch something out of its original aspect ratio? You'll lose some of the picture!
     
  10. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    Nope - you could technically do it by editing the aspect ratio in the QuickTime file via QuickTime Pro - but its much easier to just do it via the TV's remote.

    To do it in quicktime open the file and hit Apple and J at the same time that will bring up the screens shown below and change the scaled size to fit the widescreen dimentions:
     

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  11. DJAKO thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Are there any settings I should adjust to fix this on Handbrake? When I do full screen movies that aren't wide screen they show up fine on my TV, why would a TV show be any different?
     
  12. FreeState macrumors 68000

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    Newer shows are Anamorphic - old DVD are not. Use your TV remote to change the older non Anamorphic shows.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamorphic_widescreen

    Anamorphic widescreen is a video technique that utilizes rectangular (wide) pixels to store a widescreen picture into standard 4:3 aspect ratio. It was originally devised for widescreen television sets with a 16:9 aspect ratio but not in use before the advent of DVD and DVB.
     
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    Just watch it as it is. It is the right way as Seinfeld was probably shot on 16mm film and is 4:3 aspect ratio.

    Filling the screen in any way will, stretch the image or take out the top and bottom of it. That is just the way it is and will be.
     
  14. Avatar74 macrumors 65816

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    Seinfeld was shot on 35mm with a spherical lens at 1.33:1 (4:3).

    35mm motion picture film has an aperture aspect ratio of 1.37:1.
     
  15. Avatar74 macrumors 65816

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    Is this a 4:3 standard definition TV? If so, it's not designed to be used with AppleTV.

    What is the target resolution of the preset you're using? (e.g. 720 x 480)

    Is Anamorphic (PAR) checked or unchecked?

    In order to properly troubleshoot you need to provide more information... otherwise we might as well throw darts at a board all night.
     

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