[mythtv-users] Mac OS X: frontends with different aspect ratio than the backend

Sam Hooker mythtv at noiseplant.com
Thu Jun 5 02:55:33 UTC 2008

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Hi folks,

First: thanks to the dev community for all the work: MythTV is,
actually, the greatest thing since sliced bread. Bravo. :-)

Second: sorry if this is a duplicate post; the solution in the one
related thread I found[1] didn't do the trick.

So, my backend is tuning in live TV and recording shows in 4:3. I've run
the MythFrontend.app build from Sniderpad[2] with great success on my
12" PowerBook G4 (also 4:3) for remote viewing. My wife's 13" MacBook
and my new MacBook Pro, however, display in 16:10. The MythFrontend.app
from Sniderpad starts on both machines and, when I attempt to watch live
TV or recordings, both cheerfully play the audio and show no video. All
the PVR/UI screens display just fine.

I've tried mucking with the aspect ratio setting in the Setup on each
frontend laptop to no avail. I've tried starting the frontend with the
AR specified on the command line per [1]. I noticed that there's a
"contextual menu" (on the Linux frontend that runs on the same box as
the backend) which allows me to change the AR on the fly, but either I
don't know what key to press for that on my laptops, or I can't see it
when it does come up. ;-)

So, is there a way that I can force these magnificent new widescreen
laptops to display the video coming from "4:3ville"? I'd happily settle
for black bars flanking the video, at this point. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time.


- -sth


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