[mythtv-users] Burned to DVD, plays 4:3 in DVD players, but 16:9 in MythTV, how do I get it letterboxed?

Greg Depasse greg.depasse at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 08:47:57 EDT 2005

On 7/21/05, ffrr <ffrr at tpg.com.au> wrote:
> I used ffmpeg to prepare an mpeg file, source has 16:9 aspect ratio,
> into DVD format, then used dvdauthor to create a file structure as per a
> mythtv howto
> <Snip>
> then I burned the file structure to a DVD using K3B in video DVD mode.
> The resulting disc plays in a standalone DVD player, but shows full
> screen on the normal TV that its plugged into, just showing a 4:3 aspect
> ratio, and missing the left and right hand sides..
> In MythTV the DVD disc plays in 16:9 (with black bands above and below
> on my PC monitor). I want it to play this way on a normal TV and DVD
> player too, i.e. to play letterboxed like most commercial DVDs do on
> that same equipment.
> Can anyone suggest what I need to change?

My guess is that your standalone DVD player needs to be setup to show the 
video as 16:9 instead of 4:3.

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