PowerDVD 10 and letterboxing

matteos

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It drives me nuts that all the blu rays I have are in a different aspect ration to 16:9 TV and I get letterboxing. Does anyone have this issue? I can zoom in on my TV but I lose quality, why are things not formatted to the TV like they were with DVDs

PowerDVD sucks and has no way of controlling aspect ration. I also don't give a rats ass about the directors artistic vision. Is there a solution to this other than a TV zoom?
 

staknhalo

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If PowerDVD has aspect control you would lose quality, like TV zoom. You're only option is to buy one of those 21:9 TVs or deal with it.
 

matteos

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Buy a bigger TV?

I just did, got a 50" TV and it's like watching movies on my old 32"

I don't understand why blu rays are released like this, they formatted DVDs to fit the screen.

A DVD with the upscaling software look almost the same quality as a blu ray zoomed in.

Not understanding the point of blu rays anymore.
 

Pinski

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I just did, got a 50" TV and it's like watching movies on my old 32"

I don't understand why blu rays are released like this, they formatted DVDs to fit the screen.

A DVD with the upscaling software look almost the same quality as a blu ray zoomed in.

Not understanding the point of blu rays anymore.

Uhh, DVDs that were "formatted" for TV used a technique called "pan and scan" which CUT things out of the movie to make it 4:3. If you don't want black bars, well you have to sacrifice something. Either you lose stuff on the sides, or you deal with image distortion.
 

valve1138

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It's not an "issue", some movies are matted in different aspect ratios depending on what the director wants, and then presented that way accordingly.
 
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DVD's weren't formatted for TV's either. There are several AR's that have been in use before home use was even an issue. The only movies "formatted for the TV", started with VHS and carried over into the DVD era, were altered from their original AR to fit the screen (ie: square CRT or 4:3 ratio). Even in the VHS days, you could get movies in "widescreen" version, which were in their original AR and you had black bars top and bottom of the screen.

Leave it alone and watch it as it was intended, or alter it and lose clarity/or part of the image. Either way, you have to "deal with it".
 

matteos

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It's not an "issue", some movies are matted in different aspect ratios depending on what the director wants, and then presented that way accordingly.

It is an issue to me. I don't care what the director wants, he's not in my lounge watching my TV.

So basically there is no choice. There is no "widescreen" version and formatted version to choose from, you only get the widescreen version, I remember those DVDs and I didn't like them either.
 

valve1138

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Then go buy a projector with the automatic screen drapes.

Also, thanks for the giggle.
 

JohnDC

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Sure, that is a list of films that were shot in 1.85:1, which will fill a 16:9 TV almost perfectly. Many action films were shot in 2.35:1 or wider, with these you will get black bars top and bottom. Live with it or zoom and lose quality. There really is no other solution.
 
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It is an issue to me. I don't care what the director wants, he's not in my lounge watching my TV.

So basically there is no choice. There is no "widescreen" version and formatted version to choose from, you only get the widescreen version, I remember those DVDs and I didn't like them either.

They didn't spend millions of dollars filming a movie for your TV. It was intended to be shown in a Theater.

Solution = buy a TV for each AR that you watch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)
 
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