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Changing aspect ratio on WinMedia Player 11

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by repoman663, Oct 2, 2008.

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  1. repoman663

    repoman663 Thread Starter

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    I'm running Windows Media Player 11 under Windows XP - Media Edition. I have a home-made DVD filmed in HDTV, 16:9 aspect ratio. When I try to play it, it comes out squashed into 4:3. I have tried to change the playback ratio, using Tools-Options-Devices-Display, but the playback stays in 4:3. What to do?
     
  2. fairnooks

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    Try using VLC Media Player or the GOM player, its easy to change the aspect ratio in both of those players.
     
  3. repoman663

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    Thanks, fairnooks, for your quick reply. I already have other players where I can set the correct aspect ratio, but I would still like to learn how to make the change in MP11 (or understand why the I can't). The option exists on the menu system and can be changed, as I described, but it still doesn't affect the playback afterward.
     
  4. MysticEyes

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    It would appear your camera is not setting the 16:9 flag correctly.

    Use MediaInfo to check it's properties.

    http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

    Video
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : Main@Main
    Format settings, Matrix : Standard
    Duration : 26mn 27s
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 4842 Kbps
    Nominal bit rate : 9616 Kbps
    Width : 720 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16/9

    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Standard : NTSC
    Colorimetry : 4:2:0
    Scan type : Progressive
    Scan order : 2:3 Pulldown
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.928
     
  5. repoman663

    repoman663 Thread Starter

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    Thanks. It is the flag. Here's the info from the disk:

    General
    Complete name : E:\VIDEO_TS\VTS_01_1.VOB
    Format : MPEG-PS
    File size : 876 MiB
    Duration : 7s 726ms
    Overall bit rate : 951 Mbps

    Video
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : Main@Main
    Format settings, Matrix : Standard
    Duration : 7s 571ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 9 558 Kbps
    Nominal bit rate : 9 558 Kbps
    Width : 704 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4/3
    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Standard : NTSC
    Colorimetry : 4:2:0
    Scan type : Interlaced
    Scan order : Top Field First
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.944

    But I think I used "home-made disk" loosely. I didn't make it myself. A pro videographer made it of a performance I was in, and now I want to make copies. Is there any way I can reset the flag in the computer image file before I burn the disks? If not, can the videographer change it and make me a new disk, or is permanently set while shooting?

    Thanks again.
     
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