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Quicktime and 16:9!
Quicktime and 16:9!
by editing-Jos on Feb 11, 2006 at 10:19:56 pm

Why doesnt Quicktime stretch out 16:9 footage so we see it like it should be? It keeps it 4:3.

Some other mediaplayers detect the source as 16:9 and shows it like you would see it on TV!

The only way to show widescreen in Quicktime is to FAKE the resolution like 1024x576 for D1 widescreen/Pal. But this make it much bigger in size and harder to play realtime on some pc's.

Am I missing a function in QT7 to show widescreen like it should be?

Re: Quicktime and 16:9!
by Charles Simonson on Feb 13, 2006 at 2:12:38 am

You can "fake" the display resolution of an anamorphic QT by selecting the Sizing parameter under Get Properties and manually resizing the image to the desired ratio.

Re: Quicktime and 16:9!
by Editing-Jos on Feb 13, 2006 at 3:14:57 pm

Well try to explain that to customers :)

It should be a basic function. They are at version 7 for christ sake!
No non-squares detection in 2006! This cant be right :)

Re: Quicktime and 16:9!
by Charles Simonson on Feb 13, 2006 at 3:53:14 pm

I agree that it is a bit insane, but if you are delivering to a client, you should probably be compressing to a square PAR any way. If you are compressing to anamorphic MPEG-2, QT will display MPEG-2 at the proper IAR. If you aren't compressing and delivering the source as a file, when the movie is placed in a proper application, like FCP, then it will display at the correct IAR as well.