Originally Posted by hirent
Why the heck would you crop the black bars and change the original aspect ratio? That is not the way it is meant to be seen.
Why is every single thread I find on cropping to 16:9 immediately answered with "omg why would you want to do that?"
could care less how it was "meant" to be seen, I got my own will.2)
My portable screen is too small to waste space on black borders and most of the movie's action happens close enough to the center of the image, that the tradeoff is easily worth it.3)
While some Video players or Televisions do a perfectly good job of 'zoom + crop' to fit without distortion, a lot of them don't.4)
It reduces the overall image size to that part which you actually need, allowing better quality at lower file sizes for portable use.5)
We're not talking about cropping your master file of the video! This is a purpose bound encode for use with specific displays.
So, I hope that "why oh why" question is sufficiently answered.But this only detracts from the real question:
Why is Windows Media Player Classic perfectly capable of properly zooming and cropping video to fill the screen without distortion, and Video encoders are incapable to do that without a LOT of fumbling?
On Media Player Classic, I just hit one menu option, 2 clicks! that's it - perfect every time. No black bars, no distortion. What is the magic that Handbreak and everybody else, including Xmedia, Freemaker etc can't duplicate?
Is it only cause they have the same attitude of "oh why would you ever want to do that?"
Did they not think that people will create different files for different devices as needed?
As for watching a movie in 2.4:1 or such, unless I spend a LOT of cash on an overpriced, comparatively small, specialized TV from Philips or some other rare bird TV, I'm stuck with 16:9 like everybody else. You can call 16:9 arbitrary and contrived all you want, but that's the display ratio we got on Televisions, Computers and mobile devices (excluding a few Crapple devices). That pretty much makes it the standard, and any other ratio is just as contrived, even if they created them over the years to account for various technical issues for shooting and distributing films.
So, given that 16:9 is the de-facto standard for 98% of all displays consumers have access to purchase in 2012
, shouldn't that warrant a one-click zoom+crop setting that actually works
? Programmatically, it can't be that hard: zoom to fill the screen vertically, then cut off left and right excess.
EDIT: include warning that you shouldn't do this to your master file, as you eliminate part of the picture. Done, thanks much.