Hey guys. I'm sure you are all familiar with the black, horizontal borders that surround your movies while you watch them on a computer monitor. However, I have noticed that when I watch movies with a 16x9 resolution on a 1920x1200 monitor (which is 16x10) that I see double
black borders, which is very irritating. However, this only happens in specific media players.
Let me illustrate my problem with pretty pictures! While running a 1920x1200 display (Dell 24" widescreen) and playing a 16x9 DVD movie in Windows Media Player I see this:
The red part of the image is where the video of the movie is taking place. Notice how there is a black horizontal border above and below the video image. Now, if I play this exact same DVD movie
in any other movie player (like Power DVD, or Nero Showtime) I see this:
Notice how there are now two
borders above and below the video image, one is a dark gray color and the other is a solid black.
My theory is that the video image sent to the software player has this "dark gray" border in it to create the 16x9 video image, and WMP simply chooses to either not play it or use the same color as the second, black/darker border.
Regardless of this my problem is simple: how can I make Nero Showtime (or any other player than WMP) not show the second "dark gray" border? You may wonder why I just don't watch my movies with WMP. The answer is simple: WMP can't play HD DVDs (and Nero Showtime can), which have the same problem as normal DVDs.
Help would be greatly appreciated!