Originally Posted by Fanboyz
What 16x9 dvds were displayed incorrectly as 4x3?
Let me be clear: they were displayed correctly when the setup was WIDE, but were detected as 4:3 and were therefore improperly pillarboxed when the setup was WIDE/AUTO.
The first ones were all UK TV titles like episodes of MIDSOMER MURDERS and the recent FORSYTE SAGA, which were in NTSC but originally PAL. I thought that might be a clue, but then encountered the same behavior in a US TV title, an episode of MYSTERY WOMAN.
I was looking at the authoring flags to see if the letterboxing attributes made a pattern, but then encountered a very strange case: FAR AND AWAY, directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Chapters 1-8 show as 16:9 in the browser. It changes to 4:3 in chapter 9 and continues that way for the rest of the title. The whole title is supposed to be 16:9, of course.
This indicates something in the video stream rather than the way the whole title is flagged. I reauthored one of the earlier titles as an experiment and the faulty behavior disappeared. This also points to the video stream.
The 981 "info" function also detects these as 4:3, but plays them as 16:9. This suggests that the "info" and "playing" functions detect aspect ratio differently. In the 983 the "playing" function seems to share the error of the "info" function.
I supplied sample discs to Oppo, who have forwarded them to Mediatek.
It's a small thing, but odd. Until it's fixed, use WIDE instead of WIDE/AUTO for those titles (whatever they may be).