DVD playback problems on MCE

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  1. dUnKle

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    Just in process of building my first real HCPC

    Installed MCE for first time last night and have been experimenting - music and photos are great and I am very impressed but movies are different issue

    When watching a DVD I have two issues

    The first minor one is that there is no highlighted items on the menu - so you dont know what you are going to be doing, not sure if that makes sense, but basically there is no way of knowing which of the menu options are highlighted

    The second bigger problem is that the aspect ration on DVDs seems very out - I have calibrated the screen - I have set the ration (im outputting to a 42" plasma) but the screen is just too wide - HUGE black bars and a very thin picture

    also on a related issue - can you use theatertek and FFDshow under MCE ? I have heard that these two together can be calibrated to make much better use of a TV - how is this done ?
     
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    anyone know ?
     
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    To use theatertek with MCE you need to use the latest version of My Movies and enable the option to launch Theatertek as the default player. You can then have ffdshow post processing enabled to switch on automatically with Theatertek.

    What resolution is your plasma, and what resolution are you outputting from your graphics card?

    The aspect ratio of film playback can be altered by pressing i and cycling through the three different zoom options. It is also affected by the screen resolution though. I found it best to match the ratio, for example the native resolution of my screen is 852 x 480 (1:775) and I use 1024 x 576 (1:777), these seems to keep everything looking right. Obviously some films have huge black bars at the top and the bottom if they are filmed in a different ratio, so you can zoom it or keep it as it is, I prefer to watch the film in the format that it was intended to be seen.
     

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