I'm new to the forum, so hi everyone. I didn't know where to post my problem, so I started here..
I have some videos I would like to convert to full screen, so I can watch on my Lcd tv.
At present they are in divx size 576x432, I have tried so many times now, and know matter what format I try I can't seem to get full screen. Could someone please help and set me on the right path ?
Thanks in advance for any info
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I would choose 720x540 instead of 576x432 when encoding from the source.
I'm going to assume your lcd tv has a standard 16:9 ratio screen. 576x432 video is 4:3 ratio, so you're getting black bars on both sides of the screen. It is possible to make it fit but I really don't see how it'd be any better than just putting up with the black bars.
You could conceivably change the aspect ratio of the video but then the proportions would be wrong. There's no way to stretch the video horizontally without doing this. It'd really look like crap.
The other thing you could do would be to crop the video you have to 16:9. 16/9 = 1.777778 or thereabouts.
576 / 1.777778 = 324, which is what the new height in pixels would be.
432 - 324 = 108. Divide that by 2 and crop that from both the top and bottom of the picture.
However, I'm just saying this to show you how it works. It'd look like garbage too. Just put up with the black bars. It ain't worth the trouble.
This has been discussed so many times, it's possible to fill a large book with the number of posts about it --and they would all say the same thing.
As Hoser Rob says, today's media no longer includes a single 4:3 "square" format. There are many image formats that will display on a 16:9 (1.7777778 aspect ratio), including Cinemascope 2.35:1, VistaVistion, old classic 4:3, etc. How do you make all those formats fit on your TV screen? Normally, pillars or letterbox (or both) are used to display the image without distorting it. Of course, the rule today among the average viewers is to distort the hell out of everything and stretch or zoom to fill the screen, distorting and fuzzing up the image. So if a 4:3 movie of Angelina Jolie looks good stretched out to 16:9 so that she weighs 280 pounds, that's up to you.
Here are various ways a 4:3 image can fit a 16:9 screen: normal (with pillars), stretched, or enlarged-and-cropped. Take your choice.
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