Im working on a project, but I'm having a problem. I'm making a DVD with lots of different commercials. Some of them are 16:9, some are 4:3. Some are letterboxed, some not, etc.
Every clip should be all over the screen, so I dont want any black bars on top and bottom. Exept for the 4:3 video's and the black bars on the sides.
I cut off the black bars with Quicktime and then scale it up to 720 x 576.
I put the clips on a dvd with DVD Studio Pro.
When I play it on the Mac it looks good, but when I play it on TV, it cuts some of the top and bottom off. Am I doing something wrong? Or is its the TV or DVD player?
I just tested it on an other TV with a different DVD player and there it looked good. So maybe it was just the TV? It is an CRT TV, could that be reason? Because the other one I tested it on, which gave a good image, is a flatscreen.
You are towards right direction playing on different hardware.
Your problem is related to aspect ratio. There are TVs in the market that have sub-standard quality. The screens are not actually 4:3 or 16:9. Some go out of "safe area". So if you ever want to check/test a video, do it on professional monitor only.
As far as conversion is concerned, it decreases the quality of video.