Utilize full screen for 1900 X 1200 screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vpro, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    Hey everyone hope all of you are doing very well..

    Happy Holidays etc etc !

    Wondering how to view movies full screen on my 17" MBP? Can I utilize the full screen, I mean - override the scaling which the movie restricts me, with the two black bars on the top and bottom of the movie? Seems a waste of my large screen when movies frame narrow wide screen like that..

    Thanks !
  2. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    You would have to stretch the picture. VLC might be able to do this, but it would look strange. Apple uses a 16:10 ratio on screens (1920x1200), while movies use a 16:9 ratio (1920x1080).
  3. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    If you're using Quicktime, you can alternate between Fit Screen and Fill Screen with Cmd+3 and Cmd+4.
  4. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Yeah, either the movie would be stretched, or it would be zoomed in and you'd be losing parts of the movie on the left and right sides.

    Traditional computer monitors aren't really designed for movies in mind, since the aspect ratio is taller than a widescreen movie. Newer Windows computers, the 2011+ iMac, Cinema Display/Thunderbolt Display and the 11" MacBook Air are all 16:9 now though, so those would be better for widescreen movie watching.
  5. vpro thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    thanks everyone !

    very clear thanks everyone !
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Download VLC.
    If you hit 'C' repeatedly it will crop parts of the movie in different formats. 'A' changes the aspect ratio though that is a bad idea unless the movie is somehow messed up to begin with.

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