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    Default Windows Media Player - aspect ratio

    It annoys the hell out of me that I cant adjust the aspect ratio when watching stuff in media player. Am I missing a trick here?

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    Howdya mean?

    The aspect ratio is encoded in the video file which WMP detects. If I play a DVD/file etc. that is in widescreen, for example, it plays as widescreen in WMP. I'm using WMP 10 as I hated v11 so went back to 10. What version are you using and does it need to have a preference set?

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    It's 10. Seems to struggle with 4:3 and makes people look stretched,

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    Go to Tools>Options>Devices.

    Choose the Display icon from the list and click Properties, then use the Aspect Ratio adjuster to make sure that the circle is displaying as a circle on your monitor. Sounds like it would have been showing as oval on yours? If 4:3 was looking stretched then widescreen was probably also stretched more than it should've been - but it's often harder to notice that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Go to Tools>Options>Devices.

    Choose the Display icon from the list and click Properties, then use the Aspect Ratio adjuster to make sure that the circle is displaying as a circle on your monitor. Sounds like it would have been showing as oval on yours? If 4:3 was looking stretched then widescreen was probably also stretched more than it should've been - but it's often harder to notice that.
    Cheers D will give it a bash. It annoys me no end because I can tell instantly if something is off even a minute amount.

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    May i suggest using a programme called VLC media player

    I've been using it for a few years now and it will play anything ... absolute anything. you can alter the aspect ratio to whatever you want and it has all the codecs you'll ever need to play well anything


    Oh and best of all , it's free

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    once installed , play the film/video you want, right click, aspect ratio, then choose whatever one you want that looks the best for your screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by al21784 View Post
    May i suggest using a programme called VLC media player

    I've been using it for a few years now and it will play anything ... absolute anything. you can alter the aspect ratio to whatever you want and it has all the codecs you'll ever need to play well anything


    Oh and best of all , it's free

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    once installed , play the film/video you want, right click, aspect ratio, then choose whatever one you want that looks the best for your screen

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    Thanks for that.

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    not a problem


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    I still think Cyberlink powerdvd is best, although the VLC is a good FREE program also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran View Post
    I still think Cyberlink powerdvd is best, although the VLC is a good FREE program also.
    Listen to my asian dog friend there..VLC is the best for chaning aspect ratio whilst playing a video file...

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