st graveyard Wrote:Hello all,
After having much succes with my blu ray DVDS and HD homevideos using DSPLAYER, I know have some questions regarding regular DVD/MPEG2 480 movies. If anybody is experiencing the same, let me know :
1) Yesterday I 'ripped' my first DVD. I'm trying to put my collection in XBMC. I made an MKV file from a regular non-anamorphic DVD (480). First thing I noticed when playing in XBMC (or WMplayer) on my HD ready 720 TV or Laptop with 1600*900 widescreen resolution was that, when going into fullscreen, the movies does not fill the whole screen. In XBMC I have to use the ZOOM mode to fill the whole screen. Is that normal? Is this because todays TVs and hardware use a way higher res then DVDs 10 years ago? I don't have this when playing the DVD on my regular DVD player, nor when playing on a pc with a screen of 1280 * 1028. This was a bit of a weird experience for me.
2) Most importantly, I'm unable to run this MKV file using DSPLAYER and ffdshow. DVDPLAYER works flawlessly. When using DSPLAYER, the movie starts, the sound is there but the screen stays black. I can play HD MKVs flawlesly in DSPLAYER. Anybody any idea what I'm doing wrong? I fiddled a bit with FFDSHOW options, but I can't figure it out.
Thank you all in advance.
There could be dozens of problems that noone can possibly help you with since you didn't give *any* pertinent information about how you 'ripped' the dvd. Could just be bad settings in your rip.
The simplest thing to do is to rip a dvd to .mkv without any recompression using MakeMKV (google it, the first link is what you want). It basically just remuxes the MPEG2 and AC3 streams into a MKV container with all the correct settings, guess work completely eliminated.
If you have problems playing those back, then there's something further amiss with your XBMC setup that you can look further into.
The REAL Joe
PS: 1280 * 1028 is a very odd resolution - HDTV standard resolutions are 1280x720 or 1366x768 or 1920x1080. Anything else is likely to cause scaling and aspect ratio problems.