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widescreen movie does not fill screen

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by mshabsovich, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. mshabsovich

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    why is it that a wide screen movie still have the black stripes on the top and bottom of a wide screen display? can it be filled up all the way with out cutting out any film from the screen? the resolution is 1920x1080
     
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    I can not guarantee I will have a solution but someone here may be able to help you if we had some more information.

    Is that for the movie or your display? What is the resolution of both?

    Are you playing the movie on a computer (need to know operating system and player software) and monitor or some kind of DVD player and TV (need brands and model numbers of both)?

    Note: Some movies on DVD are wider than the 16:9 (1.778) wide screen aspect ratio of HD TVs. Check the DVD box label to see if the aspect ratio is higher than 1.778.
     
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    Most monitors are actually 16:10
     
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    im am playing the dvd on a windows 7 64 bit dell laptop core i5 with either vlc player or windows media player. the display is a asus vh242h with 1920x1080 resolution. i am not sure about the resolution of the dvd since its a netflix movie and i dont have the box to it.
     
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    You could try looking up the movie title at www.imdb.com. The technical specs section may list the Aspect Ratio.
    Are you playing a wides screen standard disc or a Blu-ray disc?
     
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    the movie is 2.35 : 1 and on DVD
     
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    The aspect ratio of the movie is much wider than a 16:9 (or 16:10) HD TV screen for a given height. If your player software stretched the movie to fill the entire 1920 pixel width of your display, the picture would only be 817 pixels high (1920 / 2.35). If the player software has the option to fill the screen in both directions, the vertical stretch would need to be a higher percentage than the horizontal stretch and everything would appear tall and skinny.
     
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    thanks for that. i just dont understand why there is no standard so that wide screen movies fit wide screen displays. but hey, thats life.
     
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    The problem is that there were many standards used by the movie industry throughout the history of movie making. Most of them were developed to bring people out of their homes watching television and into movie theaters. I can not vouch for the accuracy of the information but I did find an interesting article on different movie aspect ratios and how the TV broadcasters handle them when shown on TV. It also explains how the 16:9 aspect ratio was chosen for HDTV. Here is a link to a PDF file of the article:

    http://www.cinemasource.com/articles/aspect_ratios.pdf
     
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