Cropping DVD movies Black bars to To fit modern TVs 16:9

Every TV sold today uses 16:9.

What do the black bars look like on TVs with different aspect ratios?

Black bars appear when the aspect ratio of the content playing isn’t matched with the aspect ratio of the TV.

Depending on the type of mismatch between the picture and the display’s ratio, the black bars appear in different places. Content wider than the screen it is played on will have horizontal black bars, while content that is taller will use vertical bars. The following picture shows the black bars for various televisions and aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9 and 21:9). All televisions have the same diagonal length.

How to solve the Black bars issues while play DVD movies on 16:9 HDTV

Refer to: Convert DVD 4:3 Content to 16:9 for HDTV

Cropping

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Guide: Convert DVD to MKV with 16:9 aspect ratios for HDTV

STEP 1. Import DVD files

Insert your DVD disc to the drive, then launch the DVD ripping software and click the “Load Disc” button to have the DVD content imported.

STEP 2. Choose MKV as output format

Select “MKV(Matroska) Video (*.mkv)” as output format from “Common Video” category under the drop-down list of “Format”. If you want to get better HD video quality, just select “MKV HD Video (*.mkv)” from “HD Video” category.

Step 3: Set best aspect ratio for 16:9 display

If you want to get a 16:9 display and don’t mind the stretched picture, you can click the Edit button to enter the Video Editor -> Crop. You can select the output mode as Stretch。

Tip: Keep in mind that when it comes to DVD movies there is a formatting issue to consider. Many movies are wider than 16:9. For example, Seabiscuit, The Lord of the Rings, Dances with Wolves, Tombstone, The Fifth Element, U-571, American Beauty, and Star Wars/Phantom Menace (to name a few) are all 2.35:1, not 1.78:1. When you display these movies on a 16:9 screen you will have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, each bar amounting to about 12% of the picture height. The bars are not as large as they would be on a 4:3 screen, but they are there nevertheless.

How to Get the black bars off?

In the Video Editor interface, here you see the Original Preview and Output Preview area. The original video is put in green frame. Drag the dotted frame to crop black bar out as it shows below.

Step 4: Start converting DVD

After the settings, click the “Convert” button to start converting DVD to desired size (aspect ratio) for playing on (HD) device.

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