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[Solved] DVD not Playing Full Screen? Watch DVD without Black Bars

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"Why don't my DVD fill full screen on TV?"

Questions similar to the opening are frequently found in communities. We prefer full screen playback but sometimes black bars prevent the DVD movie from fitting entire display, especially on TVs. How to solve this problem? In this article, we will figure out the cause of DVD not playing full screen and all available solutions.

DVD not Playing Full Screen – The Reason

It's all due to aspect ratio. The length to height of screen/image is commonly fixed. Once the TV can't match up to the precise size of a DVD, the DVD player will show wrong aspect ratio and not playing full screen issue happens.

There are two kinds of TV aspect ratio, 4:3 for traditional televisions and 16:9 for modern widescreen televisions (like HDTV, OLED/LED TVs).

Speaking of DVDs, 4 different aspect ratios are used for years: 1.33:1, 1.78:1, 1.85:1, 2.39:1. The aspect ratio of the movie is usually printed on the back of the box of DVD disc.

  • 1.33:1 is also known as 4:3. A 1.33:1 DVD can perfectly fill the screen on a 4:3 TV, while black bars appear on left and right sides to make up the missing width if playing on a 16:9 TV.
  • 1.78:1 is also known as 16:9. It has black bars at the top and bottom to play a 1.78:1 DVD on a 4:3 TV.
  • 1.85:1 is commonly used for widescreen movies in the US.
  • 2.39:1 is a popular aspect ratio for major movie releases.
  • When playing 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 movie on TVs, black bars exist on the top and bottom, huge on 4:3 TV while smaller on 16:9 TV.

So, the matching aspect ratio is the core to make a DVD full screen. see how to convert 4:3 to 16:9 >>

How to fix DVD not playing full screen issue? - Adjust TV aspect ratio.

According to the aspect ratio of DVD disc, you can change the picture size on TV to make the movie full screen. Online tutorial on the official site of your TV brand or paper instruction can guide you to set aspect ratio correctly. And here, we will make an example of how to adjust aspect ratio on Samsung Smart TV.

Press Menu button on remote control and select Picture > Picture Size. There are several options: 16:9, Wide Zoom, Zoom, 4:3, Screen Fit, Smart View 1 and Smart View 2. Select the most appropriate one.

How to fix DVD not playing full screen issue? - Change aspect ratio on Xbox/PS4.

If you try to play a DVD on Xbox/PS4, but encounter not playing full screen issue on the connected TV, you can adjust display settings on the devices.

  • Xbox: Press Xbox button > System > Settings > Display & sound > Video output and then choose the display and picture settings appropriate for TV. See how to play DVD on Xbox One with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • PS4: Select Settings > Sound and Screen > Display Area Settings and then select a suitable option to match the TV screen.

How to fix DVD not playing full screen issue? - Alter DVD aspect ratio.

DVDs are recorded at various aspect ratios. It is seemingly impossible to directly make changes of original movie. But we can make a digital of DVD and switch aspect ratio to fully fit TV screens.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum is a great program which can easily digitize DVD discs. It helps rip DVD to digital file in MP4, AVI or other mainstream formats as well as offers adjustable parameters to make advanced settings for better playback effect on any device. Through altering the aspect ratio with this software, you can get the movie completely fit the screen.

Download and install WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and follow the tutorial to make the aspect ratio match up to TV.

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum - The Easiest Way to Digitize DVD with Advanced Settings

  • Convert and rip DVDs to MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV etc, while keeping original quality.
  • Modify video parameters, including aspect ratio, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, for getting better playback effects on any screen and devices.
  • Offer editing tools to crop for removing black bars, trim the length and select/add subtitles.

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Step 1. Insert the DVD disc. Launch this DVD ripper and click DVD Disc button to load the movie.

Step 2. A couple of seconds later, all titles are listed and main title will be automatically selected. Meanwhile, Output Profile window pops up. Select a format compatible with your TV (MP4 is recommended). In addition, WinX DVD Ripper Platinum provides presets for Apple TV, Xbox, PS3/4 etc. You can select precise preset. After that, click OK.

Step 3. Click the gear icon to get access to settings window. In Video Options panel, find Aspect Ratio and change the original to 4x3 or 16x9 according to your TV aspect ratio.

Change DVD Aspect Ratio to Match TV Aspect Ratio

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum also allows you to remove black bars from DVD movie by cropping. Click Edit > Crop & Expand > Enable Crop. Now, choose the aspect ratio of cropping box: Free, LetterBox, 16:9, 4:3 or 1:1 according to your needs. Then, adjust the position and size to get rid of black bars. Then, click Done.

Crop Image to Remove Black Bars from DVD

Step 4. If necessary, click Browse button to set a new destination folder. Next, click RUN button to start ripping.

Final Words:

Through changing aspect ratio, we can get DVD not playing full screen issue fixed. However, sometimes we can't make precise settings on TVs or connected devices and some other problems are caused, for example, quality loss after zooming picture on TV. Therefore, it is more advisable to alter aspect ratio or crop image for removing black bars with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum. You can not only get backup of old and precious DVDs, but enjoy full screen playback on any screen without quality loss.

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May Watt

May Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. She is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, May Watt also brings her experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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