[mythtv-users] Burned to DVD, plays 4:3 in DVD players,
but 16:9 in MythTV, how do I get it letterboxed?
stuart at tase.co.uk
Thu Jul 21 09:59:57 EDT 2005
On Thu 21 July 2005 14:14, ffrr wrote:
> >Although this ability is enabled on the DVD it is usually controlled by
> > the DVD player. Check the options for your standalone player just for
> > interest.
> I can do that, but would be reluctant to change it, as commercial DVD's
> play letterboxed. I'd like to make the ones I burn be the same as the
> commercial ones so I don't have to change the DVD player's settings each
You shouldn't have to change the player settings frequently - the commercial
DVDs won't play any differently with letterbox mode. They are already forcing
the player to that mode by disallowing pan&scan. (As I understand it)
Commercial DVD manufacturers disable Pan&Scan flags on their DVDs because some
customers complained that parts of the image were cut-off - the customers
weren't aware that they could change the setting on their machines.
> Sounds like a good place to start. I never knew that the DVD could
> determine whether the player could pan&scan or not. Lot's to learn...
It's the other way around - the player checks to see what is allowed by the
Pan&Scan/Letterbox are purely player-side features - but a player will
generally honour the nopanscan or noletterbox flags on the DVD if they have
It is a little intrusive for the film to tell the player how the content
should be displayed imho - but that's how Hollywood likes it :)
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