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August 4, 2010 12:48:49 AM

Hi everyone

I bougth a WIDESCREEN monitor (SAMSUNG P2370) in order to watch DVD MOVIES in widescreen format.
The navite resolution is 1080p. (HD4870) and i´m currently on zone 4.

The point is that NONE movie use all the screen. Always remain black sectors on the top and bottom.
I tried all definitions allowed by the monitor and several DVD PLAYERS with the same results.

If I play a 16:9 MOVIE on a 16:9 MONITOR...

¿¿¿¿¿Why doesn`t work in FULL SCREEN???????

When activate format or zoom options on diferent players,
they cut the image or the subtitles doesn`t fit in anymore.

It`s the same thing with other movie formats (2:35:1 - 1:85:1 - 1:78:1)

THANKS A LOT FOT THE HELP :wahoo: 
a c 195 C Monitor
August 4, 2010 4:22:00 AM

Only 16:9 movies will fill the entire screen.

Other movie formats like 2.35:1, 2.4:1, etc... will result in black borders simply because they are not 1920 x 1080 resolution. Perhaps the 16:9 movies you have are simply formatted to play on a wide screen monitor/TV; meaning the actual resolution is not 1920 x 1080.

DVDs typically store movies in 720x480 format regardless of the original aspect ratio. When played back the correct aspect ratio is applied and it looks correct on your monitor/TV. For DVDs, 16:9 aspect ratio actually results in 720 x 405 resolution. However, the resolution must end with an even number and (depending on the player) might need to be divisible by 8. Therefore, the 16:9 DVD movie may be displayed as 720 x 400.

To stretch the DVD movie to fit a 1920 x 1080 screen, the DVD movie must be increased by 266.67%. 720 x 2.6666667 = 1920. However, 400 x 2.666667 = 1067.

Again, the resolution must end with an even number and may also be required to be divided by 8. Apply some math and you end up with something slightly smaller than 1920 x 1080 which results in black borders.
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August 4, 2010 9:48:42 AM

Every movie player allows for zoom.
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a b C Monitor
August 4, 2010 10:09:31 AM

alehoff said:
The point is that NONE movie use all the screen. Always remain black sectors on the top and bottom.

If it fills the full width of a 16:9 monitor but there are still bars on the top and bottom then what you are looking at simply cannot be 16:9 video. Unless there are black bars on the sides as well then the movie you are looking at is using an even wider aspect ratio.
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August 4, 2010 2:47:48 PM

the person who says only full HD video supports 16:9 is a moron....any resolution video can be in 16:9.....aspect ration is independent of resolution

the reson you see bars is as jaguar says above, most movies are not in the 16:9 aspect ratio....most movies (as he stated) are in fact shot in a much narrower ratio.....hence even 16:9 monitors are not narrow enough.....

HD television is GENERALLY shot in 16:9....and will be full screen....but most movies, regardless if they are 480, 780 or 1080, dvd or bluray or whatever will still be narrower than the monitor
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a b C Monitor
August 4, 2010 4:08:40 PM

is it a widescreen movie? if so, then the bars on the top and bottom of the screen are supposed to be there
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August 5, 2010 4:22:44 AM

uh_no said:
the person who says only full HD video supports 16:9 is a moron....any resolution video can be in 16:9.....aspect ration is independent of resolution

the reson you see bars is as jaguar says above, most movies are not in the 16:9 aspect ratio....most movies (as he stated) are in fact shot in a much narrower ratio.....hence even 16:9 monitors are not narrow enough.....

HD television is GENERALLY shot in 16:9....and will be full screen....but most movies, regardless if they are 480, 780 or 1080, dvd or bluray or whatever will still be narrower than the monitor


If i get this right
you`re saying that i will not solve the problem even with blue ray definitions?
Should i buy 16:9 movies from now on in order to achieve the best results?


Thanks again :wahoo: 
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a b C Monitor
August 5, 2010 9:45:55 AM

If you really need the picture to fill your whole screen then yes, only 16:9 movies will do so. On other video you can actually have your player stretch the picture to fill the screen if you really want but the image will be slightly distorted(people will be taller/skinnier than they should be.)
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a c 98 C Monitor
August 5, 2010 2:02:35 PM

alehoff said:
If i get this right
you`re saying that i will not solve the problem even with blue ray definitions?
Should i buy 16:9 movies from now on in order to achieve the best results?


Thanks again :wahoo: 


Don't worry about getting only certain movies, there is no "best result" here. If the image at it's standard resolution does not fit on your TV, then that's what it is. If you really want the "best" solution, get a screen and a projector.
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August 14, 2010 12:51:46 AM

Best answer selected by alehoff.
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