DVD with clearly erroneous 4:3 DAR transcode to proper 16:9

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DVD with clearly erroneous 4:3 DAR transcode to proper 16:9

Post by jcdick1 »

Description of problem or question:

DVD rip using MakeMKV with a "storage resolution" of 720x480, but a display aspect ratio of 4:3.

Everything is "squished" horizontally to essentially a square 4:3 aspect ratio, when played back in any media player by default. If I use VLC and press A then it goes to 16:9 and the scenes look proper.

I'm trying to get a Handbrake transcode to match the VLC 16:9 view by default.

You can see the difference between the default and after simply pressing A in VLC here:


The DAR for the file comes out 4:3 but clearly the film was meant to be 16:9.

I've tried to adjust using the "Dimensions" tab to get default playback to match what I get using the VLC 16:9 aspect ratio, but it just doesn't come out right.

Under the "Resolution & Scaling" section, I've tried changing the pixel ratio to 16:9 but that results in some weird resolution numbers, like 414x480 or 320x480. I've also tried adjusting the "Final Dimensions" fields for Display Size at the bottom of that tab, but that doesn't work out either when processing is done.

Here is the Activity output for the Video stream:

Stream #0:0(eng): Video: mpeg2video (Main), yuv420p(tv, progressive), 720x480 [SAR 8:9 DAR 4:3], 29.97 fps, 29.97 tbr, 1k tbn, 59.94 tbc
BPS-eng : 6098901
DURATION-eng : 01:31:44.966133333
NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 131987
NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 4196780770
SOURCE_ID-eng : 0100E0
_STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: MakeMKV v1.16.5 win(x64-release)
_STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2022-01-15 19:24:37

If anyone can give me some idea of how to get this film into its proper aspect ratio, I'd appreciate it.
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