Hi all. I have been playing some .mts files from a Canon Legria HFG10 that report as 1920x1080 and I have a computer screen the same size. Using VLC Media Player 2.0.5 Twoflower. In the menu Video -> Zoom -> 1:1 I would have expected it to fill the screen entirely seeing the file and screen resolution match. It only fills the screen about 95%. If I push the full-screen button it works fine.
What I want to know is, is 1:1 by the menu actually running 1:1 and the file is not actually 1920x1080, or is full screen really 1:1 and the menu 1:1 not quite so?
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The 1:1 option probably only works when the video resolution is lower than the monitor resolution. Once they're the same (or close to), in order to account for the navigation/menu bars, VLC probably needs to resize the video down a little otherwise it'd have to stretch it in order for the video to fill the VLC window.
So along the lines of what jagabo said, if the menu and navigation bars are taking up 5% to 10% of the screen, then the video needs to be resized down by 5% to 10% so the height fills what's left of the VLC window, which means you end up with black bars down the sides.
The alternative is to disable the "always fit window" option under the view menu, and the sides of the video will then fill the entire width of the VLC window (I think, I don't use VLC much myself), but at the same time I think you'll lose some of the top and bottom of the video (effectively under the menu and navigation bars) until you change to full screen mode.
Cool. thanks, guys. That does sound pretty reasonable that it would force the window borders if it was not in full screen mode. Now I can sleep.