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Windows 7: Image is smaller than it should be

24 Apr 2011   #1
MadSupra354

 
Image is smaller than it should be

If HD DVDs appear fine and sharp on TV why does it look stretched on PC? Here is an example of the same frame in Family Guy in different sizes. Here's what it looks like at 50% (Note all the images where deliberately resized to 720p from 1680x1050)
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As you can see, it looks sharp and clear. Now look at it at 100%
Image is smaller than it should be-capture2.png
You can't really see it, but it starts to look stretched. Now in fullscreen (1680x1050)
Image is smaller than it should be-capture3.png
Now it looks stretched. How can this look fine at 720p on TV and terrible at about 800x600? Is there a way to fix this?




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24 Apr 2011   #2
Tomrdiedrich

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

What player are you using for playing the dvd? Have you checked the ratio settings in the player?
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24 Apr 2011   #3
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tomrdiedrich View Post
What player are you using for playing the dvd? Have you checked the ratio settings in the player?
I'm just using Windows Media Player. How would one check the ratio setting?
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24 Apr 2011   #4
Tomrdiedrich

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I would try using a more funtional player such as VLC. It is freeware and plays just about everything. Then when using it right click and in the menu go to video i believe then ratio. Media player has given me trouble in the past. When I switched to vlc that cleared up a bunch of my problem right away. Give that a try and post back.
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26 Apr 2011   #5
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Do you have the monitor set to it's highest resolution?
HD looks best when the resolution is set to the highest your monitor will allow.
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26 Apr 2011   #6
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Do you have the monitor set to it's highest resolution?
HD looks best when the resolution is set to the highest your monitor will allow.
Of course
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26 Apr 2011   #7
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Do you have the monitor set to it's highest resolution?
HD looks best when the resolution is set to the highest your monitor will allow.
Of course
The reason why I asked was because you mentioned 800x600.
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26 Apr 2011   #8
MadSupra354

 

I run the player window at different sizes.
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26 Apr 2011   #9
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

They only look "stretched" if something is not set up correctly.

If you take a "snapshot" of HD video, then it is about half the size. The video itself however looks perfect.

Regards....Mike Connor
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27 Apr 2011   #10
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mike Connor View Post
They only look "stretched" if something is not set up correctly.

If you take a "snapshot" of HD video, then it is about half the size. The video itself however looks perfect.

Regards....Mike Connor
The video looks stretched either way. I don't have a full-HD monitor, and I'm not sure if the newer series of Family Guy is 1080p, but it looks stretched when I changed the sizes of the player [Small-Medium-Large] as you can see in the last image, it looks very stretched.
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