How to Play Blu-ray and DVD Movies in 16:9 aspect ratio

Diana Joan

Jul 28, 2017 10:25 am / Posted by Diana Joan

As we all know, back in the days of VHS, movies were formatted to fit 4:3 aspect ratio TV screens. Nowadays, the most common aspect ratio today is 16:9, which means that if the width is divided into 16 equal parts, the height of the TV or picture should be 9 parts. 16:9 works great for TVs since that is the format modern TV shows are delivered on, but most DVD movies are produced in 2.35:1 ratio and most Blu-ray movies are released in 2.4:1 aspect ratio. When you try to play Blu-ray and DVD movies on 16:9 HDTV, black bars at the top and bottom of the picture will appear, because the aspect ratio of the content playing isn't matched with the aspect ratio of the TV.

How to Play Blu-ray and DVD Movies in 16:9 aspect ratio?

For those people who try to watch a 2.4:1 Blu-ray movie or 2.35:1 DVD movie on 16:9 HDTV without black bars, the most efficient way is to create 16:9 widescreen video files from Blu-ray and DVD movies. But how to choose the correct aspect ratio during Blu-ray and DVD ripping? Here a beneficial software named  Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate are recommended to you.

As a perfect aspect ratio converter, this program can quickly rip any commercial Blu-ray/DVD disc with complicated copy protection and region codec to any of your desired output apsect ratio including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 2:1. What's more, this software is not only a Blu-ray/DVD ripper, but also a powerful video converter (best video converter review), it can easily convert virtually any digital video (H.265/HEVC, MXF, XAVC/XAVC S, Prores, AVCHD video) with the resolution of 4K/2K/HD/SD to your wanted format with correct aspect ratio.

Besides format conversion and changing output aspect ratio, you can also use the tool to do other simple video editing work such as trimming video to remove unwanted parts or segments, cropping video to remove the black bars or unwanted area, splitting large video into small clips, merging separate video into one file, flip or rotate video to change its displaying angel, etc.

For Mac users, please download Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac for watching Blu-ray and DVD movies with the entire screen on 16:9 monitor.

Step by Step to play Blu-ray and DVD movies in 16:9 aspect ratio?

Step 1: Load Blu-ray/DVD disc into the program

Launch the program and insert the Blu-ray or DVD disc that contains the movies you want to watch. Click "File" > "Load from Disc" to load Blu-ray/DVD disc into the program.

Note that you can also import Blu-ray Folder, Blu-ray ISO Image File, DVD Folder, DVD IFO File and DVD ISO Image File. At the bottom, you can select your desired subtitle and audio track.

add video

Step 2: Choose a proper format

Click the Format bar, and from its drop-down option, select one of your device playable file formats. For playing common Blu-ray/DVD movies on HDTV, AVI, WMV, MP4 are the highly recommended. Here, we choose to select the most popular format "H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)" under "HD Video" main category.

Output one of the common file formats

Step 3: Change output video aspect ratio for 16:9 screen

On the main interface, press "Edit" to enter video editor window. Switch to "Crop" tab. Then click on the Keep Ration lock, select 16:9 from the Operation Ratio box. After finished, click "OK" to confirm.

Change output video aspect ratio

Then click "Settings" button to custom video aspect ratio. Change the video size to "1920*1080 (16:9) aspect ratio". Click "OK". Now back to the main interface and go on ripping DVD/Blu-ray movies for playback. 

profile settings

Step 4. Start ripping Blu-ray/DVD movies to 16:9 video

When back to the main interface, click the "Convert" button to start converting Blu-ray DVD movie to MP4 video in 16:9 widescreen. Then you will have no aspect ratio issue when playing Blu-ray and DVD movies on your 16:9 monitor.


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