6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2013 2:45 PM by duckplace
duckplace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

If a movie DVD displays with a black band at the top and at the bottom of the screen on my 15" MacBook Pro, is there a way to view the DVD full-screen?  The way the movie displays now, it's only utilizing 1/2 the screen.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    sdpitbull Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)

    Assuming you are using the Apple DVD Player have you tried all the options under the View Menu?

     

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  • 2. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    markwmsn Level 5 Level 5 (4,120 points)

    This movie that displays with black bands at top and bottom but none on the sides, does it look like it is vertically compressed (squashed), or do people and objects appear normally shaped? If they are normally shaped, the movie may just have a wider aspect ratio that your screen.

  • 3. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    nightsight Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    u can try some other video players like vlc or mplayerx (my favorite). there are options to use zoom to see the videos to full screen (without the band). but remember, depending on the video, the quality may become worse.

  • 4. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    markwmsn Level 5 Level 5 (4,120 points)

    If the picture has a high aspect ratio, you can only use the full screen by clipping off the edges of the picture or distorting the image.

  • 5. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    duckplace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I did a half-hour one-to-one yesterday at The Apple Store. I learned about the "high aspect ratio" and the importance in display. Apparently, in the past few years, this wide-screen vs full-screen choice just is what it is depending on how the video was produced.  We've been watching older dvds and netflix, so were surprised by the wide-screen on some recent viewing of 2012 dvd and netflix.  I'm learning a lot and your iterating that to me helps me to sink it in.  I'm not slow, just older with a few memory lapses here and there!  Thanks again for responding and re-enforcing my learning!

  • 6. Re: Problem with display of movie dvd
    duckplace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I did a half-hour one-to-one yesterday at The Apple Store. I learned about the "high aspect ratio" and the importance in display. Apparently, in the past few years, this wide-screen vs full-screen choice just is what it is depending on how the video was produced.  We've been watching older dvds and netflix, so were surprised by the wide-screen on some recent viewing of 2012 dvd and netflix.  I'm learning a lot. Your response is appreciated.