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16:9 DVD created in iDVD plays cropped on Panasonic DVD player

1749 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2012 8:52 AM by mishmumken RSS
Andrew Jung Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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May 15, 2012 1:06 PM

I created a DVD from a 16:9 QuickTime movie using iDVD 7. Everything works fine when I play the video on a computer (Mac or PC), but when I play it on my DVD player (a recent Panasonic that plays all commercial 4:3 and 16:9 DVDs perfectly) it plays the video cropped to 4:3. In other words it completely loses the left and right edges.

I have a 16:9 LCD TV so I verified that the settings on the TV were fine and they were. I am certain that the image that the TV receives is already a 4:3 image, it isn't cropped by the TV.

I tried to change the settings on the DVD player manually to see if it was a problem with the player (although I doubted that to start with as I had no problems with commercial DVDs ever). It didn't matter if the DVD player was manually set to 4:3, 16:9 or Auto, all I could get was differently resized versions of the 4:3 cropped video. It appears that for the DVD player, the extra information outside the 4:3 box doesn't exist, it will only play the 4:3 part of the 16:9 video.

Does anybody know why this happens and how to fix it?


Thanks, this is driving me nuts as I've already rendered and rebuilt and re-rendered this project twice and I need to get this DVD to my friend before he moves.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 17" Core i7


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