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Windows 7: Media Center Displays Wrong Aspect Ratio Through Xbox 360


02 May 2011   #1

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Media Center Displays Wrong Aspect Ratio Through Xbox 360

Hello,

I have an 1920x816 HD WMV file that I am trying to watch from my Xbox via Windows Media Center. However, instead of displaying it in it's correct aspect ratio (2.35:1), it is vertically smaller. I can't tell if it is actually squishing the picture as the difference is about 3/4-1 inch from what it should be displaying- the picture is about 1/2 inch shorter than what it should be on the top and bottom.

I know for a fact that it is incorrect as I thought it looked thinner than usual so I checked it vs the original disc the file was encoded from via my bluray player and switching inputs back and forth between it and the xbox. I also played the file through the My Xbox -> Video Library and it was displayed correctly. So I have confirmed the problem lies within Media Center.

I have tried adjusting the Zoom settings within Media Center, but it still will not display the correct sized picture. Since my PC monitor is 1920 x 1200 and my TV is 1920 x 1080, I switched the display setting in Media center between the two, and it did not make a difference.

Does anyone know how to fix this- or if it can be fixed?

Thanks!


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02 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

The only thing i can think of that would be causing the problem is if the ratio in the video meta data is off. How does the video look in WMC on your PC? Can you show us?
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02 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The video looks fine on the PC, watched it in WMP and WMC vs the original disc file and it all seems good. I put little post it makers on the side of my monitor to make sure it was the same size from each source, and it was.

I also checked the ratio via MediaInfo and properties -> details and it is displaying the right aspect ratio I encoded it to. I would think a photo from my tv would be better to show what I am talking about instead of the PC? I will see if I can grab a shot or two that shows what I am talking about.
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03 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

OK, here are two photos of what I am talking about. I placed two green post-its on the side of my TV so you can see the difference. They are actually placed for a 2.35:1 film I was testing, but the attached photos are from a 2.40 source- either way you can easily see the difference.

1920x1080 No Crop - this shows the edges as they are within the green markers as they should be. This also matches the source disc picture size.

1920x800 Cropped - this shows the edges as they are well inside the green markers as it should NOT be. This is the auto cropped 2.40 file that WMC squished down for some reason.

Any way to have WMC correctly display the image?


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04 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

It sounds like WMC might not be taking to the fact that it's not 1080 pixels high.

It might not hurt to try a different streaming server. Check out this guide: Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide
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26 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

I have found the same problem. WMC cannot display aspect ratios other than 4:3 and 16:9. It can display 2.35:1 for some videos but not all. It can never display 1.85:1 or 3:2. If you must play it in WMC through Xbox 360 (which I prefer to call Xbox Extender), you must convert it to 16:9 with letterbox. (WMC zoom modes are useless.)
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