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#1 bkniceley

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:31 AM

So im just wondering.. on a normal dvd player you go into ur settings and change it to 16:9 ratio in order to watch dvds without those annoying black bars at the top and bottom. So why does xbmc still show them when upconverting dvds to 1080i. That is true hdtv and would therefore be in 16:9. But why do the black bars still show up at the top and bottom?

#2 Dougpr

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:26 AM

Why are black bars considered "annoying"? Many movies are made for a wider screen than 16:9 can provide. Just because you have an HDTV, that doesn't mean you will see movies fill your screen when they've been designed for a movie theater with a wider display.

All of the Lord of the Rings movies for example are in the 2.35? x 1 ratio which means you see black bars on the top and bottom of widescreen TV's. On a normal TV, you'll see mostly black bars and will barely see the picture because it will be so letterboxed.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 08:38 AM

I'm not positive, but he may be talking about: if you don't have your DVD player properly set up to output in 16:9 mode, and you have a 16:9 TV, the picture would have black bars all around it, because your DVD player is telling your TV it's sending a 4:3 picture, since that's what it converts anamorphic DVDs to if you don't have 16:9 output enabled. This could just be that he hasn't set his Xbox to 16:9 mode (and possibly doesn't have a component cable connection).

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 03:12 PM

yes thats what im talking about.. if i were tto set my dvd player to output at 4:3 it would look the same as if i were to play the dvd in xbmc at 1080i. those black bars are still there.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 06:37 PM

QUOTE(bkniceley @ Jan 25 2006, 06:19 AM) View Post

yes thats what im talking about.. if i were tto set my dvd player to output at 4:3 it would look the same as if i were to play the dvd in xbmc at 1080i. those black bars are still there.

Go to the MS dashboard, under video, select 16:9 output and also make sure 1080i is checked (provided you are using component out and have a TV capable of 1080i display).

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 10:30 PM

i have widescreen selected and 1080i checked at the ms dashboard

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 01:01 AM

Black bars only show up top and bottom if they are supposed to be there, or if you have incorrectly calibrated.

Make sure you are set to Normal mode (press Y) and note down the details as they state it. You'll see it's playing in the correct aspect ratio.

As was noted before MANY dvds have black bars encoded in the signal as they are wider than 16:9.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 01:21 AM

i was wondering about laying dvds in 480i or 480p. I've had my dvd player for a long time and i never really used it but i was trying to see if it has progressive scan, it has component outputs. I dont think it does beucase i only saw an option to change aspect ratio. So im using my xbox to compare, how do i know it is putting out 480p or 480i, i have a 1080i/540p screen.

#9 bkniceley

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 05:39 AM

QUOTE(jmarshall @ Jan 25 2006, 06:08 PM) View Post

As was noted before MANY dvds have black bars encoded in the signal as they are wider than 16:9.


Yes however a regular dvd player automatically adjusts the video to fit a 16:9 screen on dvds that i play. However it is not doing this on the xbox in 1080i for some reason.

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 02:22 PM

pressing the green round button in the middle of your remote control will let you switch between different views...

#11 bkniceley

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 10:13 PM

i dont have a remote control tho

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 10:12 PM

When the DVD adjust to 16:9 you will miss things on the sides in the movie if not DVDplayer will stretch movie out to fit screen.

Many movies today is in 2.35:1(expensive ones) http://www.imdb.com/...s/AspectRatios/ and are supposed to be viewed in that AspectRatio.

Edited by mysiskatten, 27 January 2006 - 10:13 PM.





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