Squeeze DVD playback for anamorphic lens on a Mac?

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  1. Jennifer B

    Jennifer B Extra

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    Hi,

    I'm running a 4:3 projector on a PowerMac with OS X 10.4. I have an anamorphic lens to utilize the full projector resolution when watching 16:9 material. But to make this work correctly, the Mac needs to stretch widescreen movies vertically by 33% to fill the entire 4:3 screen and remove the black bars. The lens will later correct the distortion.

    I haven't found a function in Apple's own DVD player to do this. Is there any software that squeezes/stretches DVD playback (ideally also video files from my HD) for use with the anamorphic lens?
     
  2. Kimmo Jaskari

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    There seems to be a real dearth of decent DVD players for the Mac.

    You might want to give http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ a whirl. It's a media player rather than a DVD player but it can apparently play VIDEO_TS files off a DVD (never tried it due to not having a Mac...) [​IMG]

    Good luck.
     
  3. Jennifer B

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    Actually, I found out from another board that "squeeze" function is build right into the Apple DVD player. I just hadn't found it.

    So if anyone else has the same problem:
    Go to Window / Video Zoom (not the regular Zoom). A transparent overlay will open, click "On" in the top-left corner and you can adjust width and height with the two sliders or choose a pre-defined setting from the pull-down.
    [​IMG]

    VLC is a nice player and I have it too, but AFAIK it doesn't allow to scale video out of proportion. Or does it? I only saw this Postprocessing entry under the Video menu but it doesn't seem to do anything.
     

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