16:9 Full Screen not totally full

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by TL, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. TL

    TL Guest

    Hi, when playing DVD files (16:9), in full screen (wide), there's still side
    and top/boittom bars, thus the image isn't totally full screen displaed. With
    4:3 images I get only side bars, which is OK.

    I've tried removing full screen options, and messing with zoom video, but no
    TL, Jan 5, 2008
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Is this on a wide screen laptop? What video card?
    zachd [MSFT], Jan 7, 2008
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  3. Unfortunately some DVDs while they do have 16:9 video in them, also have
    them 'letterboxed' which means they look fine on a 4:3 TV but have black
    borders ON ALL FOUR SIDES on a widescreen computer or TV. If instead the DVD
    had been made in what is called an 'anamorphic' format then it would be
    displayed properly on both 4:3 and 16:9 displays.

    If you are using Microsoft Media Center then it does have a zoom option
    which will let it display properly on a 16:9 screen. Most widescreen TVs
    also have a similar zoom capability (e.g. Sony Bravia).

    Note: the Microsoft Media Center zoom feature is not the same as zooming the
    entire screen in normal Microsoft Windows use (which is aimed more at those
    with eye-sight problems) and the Media Center zoom is intended specifically
    for this issue.

    There is one other issue which may confuse some people. While widescreen TVs
    have an aspect ratio of 16:9 which means when you play a 16:9 DVD or TV
    recording it will exactly fill the screen, most if not all widescreen
    computer displays are actually 16:10 (meaning they are slightly taller than
    an equivalent TV), this means that you will and should have a small black
    border top and bottom on the computer display when playing the same 16:9
    John Lockwood, Jan 7, 2008
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