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Black box around ripped DVD video

I ripped a DVD to video and I get a black box around it no matter what I do. Other DVDs don't have this issue. The box says it's Widescreen 1:78:1, and I'm on a 16:9 TV (HD).

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Sounds right.

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What are you talking about?

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That link doesn't show a black box around the show, it just shows letterboxes and pillarboxes. Do you understand the difference between a black box, letterboxes, and pillarboxes?

The black box is a black rectangle around the entire picture when I play an episode... top, bottom, left, and right. On the menu screen there are just pillarboxes when not fullscreen.

Post was last edited on February 22, 2019 10:13 PM PST

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Only a fool...

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...thinks he can be that snarky when asking about results from a RIPPED DVD. What you are asking is newbie 101 territory, found with a simple google search.

Bob’s here to help and frankly, answers more stuff willingly (and in great detail, mind you) than anyone I encounter on the internet. Be happy you got a response at all.

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Ripping can result in what you noted.

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I handle a lot of posts and sometimes folk want the link to be dead on rather than generic yup that happens. If your rip isn't that good you can post process with VLC Player but tutorials are plentiful how to do this so I won't type how to do this here. I write my replies and don't plagiarize.

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Not sure you guys know what I'm talking about yet...

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I'm not going to finish reading Pepe7's rude post, that's your problem if you got triggered or something.

Here's an image of the "black box", as apparently some people think it means "letterbox" or "pillarbox" when in fact it is literally "a black box" around the image (rectangular because the video is widescreen as mentioned):


Here's the menu screen with pillarboxes:


Here's the episode video fullscreen (with the rectangle of course):


Here's the menu fullscreen (notice no pillarboxes because no VLC top/bottom bars):


Every other House MD season DVD (2-Cool looks fine so far (no rectangles)... I have ripped almost my entire DVD collection but I haven't checked the video on most of them. Maybe some others do this, but I'm trying to find out WHY it's doing this, and HOW to fix it... I was hoping someone here knew; I was not expecting someone to get mad.

So please, if you know how to fix this or troubleshoot it or need more info, just say so! Don't get mad, or just tell me of a better forum to go ask about this, as I'm not finding the solution on Google.

Post was last edited on February 22, 2019 9:55 PM PST

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It's not just VLC...

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Just in case you think the problem is VLC... I mounted the iso with CloneDrive then opened Windows Media Player, and the menu again looked fine (just like VLC), but playing an episode showed it wrapped in the rectangular black box. Here's a cap of Season 1 Disc 2 playing:



Here it is fullscreen (before the player bar disappears):



The black box doesn't go away when the player controls disappear.

If SOMEONE here has actually run into this problem after ripping a DVD to iso... PLEASE tell me what you know. Season 1 is the only bunch of discs from the House MD set that is showing this, and I bought these DVDs as they came out, and am now ripping them fully as backup all exactly the same way I've ripped every other DVD I own.

There is something about this Season's discs that is preventing the episodes from ripping the correct scaling, and I need to know how to fix it for archiving.

Post was last edited on February 22, 2019 10:00 PM PST

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You ask the ripper's author or

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Just re-encode with your new dimensions with VLC Player. I don't duplicate tutorials here.

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OK I'll look into that...

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However the issue there is that it's only the episodes that are at the wrong scale, not the menus, so I'm not sure that VLC will be able to re-encode the entire DVD iso with just the episode scaling changed yet still make it play everything normally as if it's a DVD or if it can be burned to another DVD and behave and look properly.

By the way, I found the issue later using different search terms: the episodes were not encoded as "anamorphic", but as widescreen inside 4:3 TV aspect ratio... unlike the other DVDs. I wish I'd have known that sooner.

https://community.wd.com/t/handling-of-letterboxed-not-anamorphic-dvd-rips/35694

Post was last edited on February 23, 2019 7:32 AM PST

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Now it sounds like these are good rips?

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I did encounter a client that the rip played just like the original. I didn't know what they expected.

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Not sure what you mean...

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On checking the DVD again in a non-computer player (hooked directly to a widescreen 16:9 TV through composite cables), the episodes do play with the black rectangle, so I just forgot upon watching years ago that I had to zoom the picture on the TV to crop it properly.

Playing the iso does the same thing... there may be some way to rip the entire DVD so that it crops the episodes, but I don't know what tool will do that nor under what settings.

Rather than going down wrong paths again, if someone knows what does this (besides the possibility of VLC crop re-encoding), please let me know. Also, please know that I am doing web searches for these things... I'm simply here because I haven't found a proper solution yet and I'm just asking in this forum to get opinions here.

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Yes there are ways.

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But I find folk unwilling to do the work. We have so many tools today that I can't list or teach them all. If you want to re-encode you can. And some automation could be had if we write a script and use FFMPEG. But that's a bit of work.

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It's not just...

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I had the same problem very well

Post was last edited on February 23, 2019 8:20 AM PST

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fasigh: So what was your solution?

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You say you "had" the problem... so what fixed it? Or did you not find a fix?

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