SUBTITLES CHANGE ASPECT RATIO

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robster45
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SUBTITLES CHANGE ASPECT RATIO

Post by robster45 »

Hi Everyone, I am new to handbrake and ripping dvds, but I am trying to rip my collection so I can use it on Plex.
The trouble I'm having is that with some movies that I have ripped, I am getting the black bars down either side of the screen (not top & bottom).
When I put the subtitles on, the black bars disappear and the picture fills the whole screen.
I have no idea why it's doing this, but I assume that I'm doing something wrong in Handbrake.

I am using the HQ 1080P preset and in the dimensions I leave all the default settings.
Anamorphic and cropping is set to Automatic.

I'm guessing that maybe my issue is related to something in the dimensions tab.

I would be really grateful if someone can point me in the right direction.
Woodstock
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Re: SUBTITLES CHANGE ASPECT RATIO

Post by Woodstock »

Are you viewing on a computer via player software, or on a TV?

By default, handbrake will remove the letterboxing via autocropping. TVs will put them back in if the video aspect ratio doesn't match the TV aspect ratio. Software on computers usually resize the window to match the aspect ratio.

Depending on the container type (MKV vs. MP4) and subtitle type, the subtitles will do different things.

This is where having an encode log of an affected video is helpful, so we know what the original file had in it, and what you asked handbrake to do.
robster45
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Re: SUBTITLES CHANGE ASPECT RATIO

Post by robster45 »

Hi Woodstock,

Thank you for your response.
I've done that many rips, I'm not too sure if I can easily find the correct log.
So I'm recreating the rip and I will upload the log when done.
I am ripping everything to MKV and watching my ripped movies on my TV.
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