Thursday, October 31, 2013

Share Halloween 2013: What You Need To Know?

Here we round up all that you need to know about Halloween 2013 including the best tips for costumes, pumpkin carving and food.

How to carve your pumpkin

If you are having problems carving your pumpkin we have a video guide which illustrates how to do it.

Pumpkin grower Tony Finch has revealed the secrets to getting the most striking designs, from using the right tools for the job to ensuring the eyes and mouth are large enough to allow sufficient light through, and the best way to keep the lantern looking at its best for as long as possible.

People in the US have found unusual ways to have fun with their pumpkins.

What to eat and drink

From spider-web shortbread to chocolate orange cake, there are plenty of Halloween themed recipes to get you in the mood.

Pumpkin pie and 'scary' cake pops are just a few of the popular foodie choices.

Restaurant chain Leon has tweeted this photo of their impressive Halloween coffee creation- a witch on a broomstick drawn into the froth.

Where to go

We have compiled a list of the best Halloween themed events and activities taking place across Britain.

You could also stay at one of the world's scariest hotels or stately homes if you are looking for things that go bump in the night.

If you are looking for somewhere to scare you over a longer period, take a look at our gallery of homes for sale in spooky locations. 

How best to Trick or Treat

If you are venturing out to go trick or treating this halloween, be aware of the best and worst spots for sweet hunters.

Weather wise it is looking like a wet and windy night according to the BBC.

What to wear

Some celebrities have chosen to embrace the spirit of Halloween while others use it as an opportunity to flash as much flesh as possible.

Here are some of the best Halloween celebrity costumes we have seen so far. Some are also donning colourful halloween wigs.

A make up artist can show you how to get the best zombie makeup for Halloween night or you could take a look at the best Halloween beauty buys.

While the pressure is on to go all out on your halloween outfit, there are alternatives to the skintight catsuit or skimpy nurse's outfit.

Who is in the Halloween spirit?

Halloween has been celebrated with a Google Doodle which lets you become a witch and create your own potion in her cauldron.

You can also take a look at our Halloween greetings video.

Who is stearing clear?

Ed Cumming asks: should we even bother with the Halloween charade?

Source: Telegraph

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Can iPad Air play MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, M4V, FLV, F4V, MTS videos etc.?

Summary: Here is a workflow about the SD/HD Videos to iPad Air conversion, you can easily & quickly convert MKV, AVI, VOB, M4V, WMV, MPG, Tivo, FLV video to iPad Air support video formats for smoothly playback.
Hey mates, the super light iPad Air is coming next week, have you planed to reorder one? The Retina Display with 2048 x1536 pixels, 9.7 inches, no doubt adds more fun to your digital entertainment.

No doubt, watching videos on iPad Air with Retina display would be so great.

You may happen to have videos in MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, M4V, Flash video(FLV/F4V), camera videos(MTS/MOV/MXF) or you like recording TV shows by Tivo, and want to transfer them to iPad Air to kill time on board. However, the problem is that not all these formats are supported by iPad Air; even iTunes will not allow you to sync MKV, AVI, VOB, MPG, Tivo and FLV files.

iPad Air supported video format:

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Obviously, the most compatible video format for iPad Air is MP4/MOV files encoded with MPEG-4 or H.264. The most effective way is to convert MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, M4V, FLV to MP4 with best video settings for iPad Air.

Now follow this article; you will learn how to accomplish this easily within a few clicks.


Here I'd like to introduce Pavtube iPad Air Video Converter Ultimate, a very easy-to-use video to iPad Air converting program which comes with flawless video quality and quick conversion speed. It integrates many presets for iPad, iPad 2, the new iPad, iPad 4, iPad Air as well as iPad mini and the upcoming iPad mini with retina display; many other presets waiting for you to pick up.

  1. Download profile patch for your new iPad Air.
  2. Reach the Mac version here: iPad Air Converter for Mac.
  3. The app also supports output 3D (Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom, Anaglyph) in MKV/MP4/AVI/MOV/WMV formats, you are suggested to try this iPad Air Video Converter Ultimate (Mac Verison: iPad Air Video Converter Ultimate for Mac) (Both are 20% off now at 2014 Pavtube Summer Holiday Special offer).
Tutorials: Converting MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, M4V, FLV, F4V, MTS to iPad Air friendly format

Step 1: Load video files to this Video to iPad Air Converter

Download the best iPad Air Video Converter Ultimate on your computer, install and run the program, add videos.

You can choose to import videos or the entire folder by clicking the top left two icons.

Step 2. Choose a proper format for iPad Air.

Click "Format" drop-down list and choose "iPad>iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)" as the compatible MP4 preset with best video quality. Or you can choose other presets if you don't need full size videos.

Step 3. Customize video specs for iPad Air (Optional).

You could also click the "Settings" to adjust the video and audio parameters of output files.

In the Video Settings, you can select Encoder, Frame Rate, Resolution (you could define it yourself according to your iPad Air tablet) and Bitrate for your movie.

In the Audio Settings, you can select Encoder, Channels, Bitrate and Sample Rate for your movie.

Step 4. Start Videos to iPad Air Conversion.

You can hit the big red "Convert" to start converting MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, M4V, FLV, F4V, MTS to MP4 with best video settings for iPad Air. After the conversion, click "Open output folder" in the conversion window, or "Open" in main interface to quick locate the converted video.

Now, you can transfer MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, M4V, MTS FLV, F4V videos to iPad Air for smooth playback without any problem. Enjoy your digital life!

If you don’t know how to put and play video on new iPad Air , just follow the steps to realize it: 
  1. Make sure you have install iTunes. If not, you can free download iTunes here at first. And launch the iTunes. 
  2. Connect iPad Air to Mac/PC. 
  3. Choose “File – > Add File to Library…”
  4. Drag the .mp4 file you want to the iPad Air icon

So there you have it. Prette simple. Now, you can enjoy and view 1080p/720p HD/SD videos and movies on iPad Air anytime everywhere for great digital fun. 

Additonal Tips: 

1. If your movie isn’t already in one of the iPad Air supported formats or it’s still on a DVD or a Blu-ray, you can get the Video Converter Ultimate (or the iMedia Converter Mac)which can help you rip Blu-ray/DVD, and convert various formats of 720p/1080p HD videos in MKV, AVI, TiVo, VOB, MPG, MTS, etc. to your iPad Air, iPad 3, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 4, iPad Mini 2, Apple TV 3, and other IOS tablets/phones for smoothly playing. 

2. Get more info at iPad 3 Column and Apple TV Column

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Download/Convert DVD to iPad Air MP4 with DVD to iPad Air converter

Summary: If you want to download DVD to iPad Air with itunes, you will need to remove DVD protection and then convert DVD to iPad Air MP4 format with a easy-to-use and fast DVD to iPad Air Converter.

Ever since the release of Apple iPad Air, it arouse the most interest in the whole world. Never a tablet as well as the previous iPad could be as light as this. The large screen display (up to 9.7inch LED-backlit IPS display), high-resolution screen. The most important thing is iPad Air only weights 1 pound, which makes iPad Air so handy and absolutely perfect for watching movies.

However, iPad Air doesn't have a built-in DVD-ROM or DVD player, which means you couldn't directly play DVD movies on iPad Air.

If you want to watch DVD on iPad Air, you will need a DVD to iPad Air Converter to remove disc encryption, to transcode DVD to iPad Air friendly format. iPad Air DVD Converter is just such kind of easy-to-use program to help you do the conversion in a few clicks. 

No need to set the specs manually, no need to figure out which bitrate/framerate/resolution is best for iPad Air. DVD to iPad Air Converter integrates the best presets for iPad for you. All you need to do is: 
  1. Import
  2. Choose preset
  3. Click and go! It's just as simple as that.
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  1. Get more profile patches here;
  2. Reach the Mac version of DVD to iPad Air Converter;
  3. If you have any requirements of outputting 3D (Anaglyph, T/P, SBS) or keeping multiple audio tracks/subtitles, you are suggested to try this Blu-ray/DVD to iPad Air Converter Pro.
Tutorials: How to transfer DVD to most compatible MP4 preset for iPad Air

1. Run this Pavtube DVDAid and the DVD to iPad Air Converter; load disc.
Click the top left icon, you can choose to import DVD from ROM, DVD folder or DVD ISO/IFO. It will check the main title by default; moreover, ISO files could also be recognized automatically so that you no longer need to run virtual drive to mount it.

2. Choose format.

Click "Format" drop-down list and choose "iPad>iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)" as the compatible MP4 preset with best video quality. Or you can choose other presets if you don't need full size videos.

3. Start Conversion.

You can hit the big red "Convert" to start converting DVD to iPad Air MP4 with best video settings. After the conversion, click "Open output folder" in the conversion window, or "Open" in main interface to quick locate the converted video.

After getting the converted movies files, you can transfer them to new iPad Air via iTunes. If you don't know how to put and play movie onto new iPad Air , just follow the steps to realize it:

1) Make sure you have install iTunes. If not, you can free download iTunes here at first. And launch the iTunes. 
2) Connect iPad Air to Mac/PC. 
3) Choose "File –> Add File to Library…"
4) Drag the .mp4 file you want to the iPad Air icon

How to transfer media files from iTunes 11 to iOS devices

So there you have it. Prette simple. Now, you can enjoy and view DVD movies on iPad Air anytime everywhere for great digital fun.

Additonal Tips:

1. If your movie isn't already in one of the iPad Air supported formats or it's still on a DVD or a Blu-ray, you can get the Video Converter Ultimate (or the iMedia Converter Mac) which can help you convert Blu-ray/DVD/ISO/IFO and various formats of 720p/1080p HD videos in MKV, AVI, TiVo, VOB, MPG, MTS, etc. to your iPad Air, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad 3, iPod 5, Apple TV 3 and other iOS/Android/Windows 8 tablets/phones for smoothly playing. (Both are 20% off now at Pavtube Halloween Huge Discount)

Source: How to view DVD movies on iPad Air with highest quality?
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Can WD TV (Live, Plus, Hub) play DVD VIDEO_TS folder?

This post shows you how to convert DVD VIDEO_TS folder to WD TV/WD TV Live compatible videos to let you smoothly play VIDEO_TS folder on your WD TV player.

I googled VIDEO_TS to WD TV, and found many guys have the similar confusion. 

“I backed up my DVDs to my computer so I can play them on WD TV in the house. But why can’t I transfer these copied DVD VIDEO_TS folders to watch on WD TV?”

“Can WD TV Hub play VIDEO_TS folder? I plan to buy a WD TV Hub HD player box that can hook up external hard drive to play movie from there. Question is does it support to play a folder “Video_TS” or not? I have a lot movies that ripped out in DVD format which is “Video_TS” and “Audio_TS” folder.”

Many movie fans would back up their DVD collections to computer hard drive in VIDEO_TS folder format so that they can rip DVD movies for watching on smartphoes and tablets or burn DVD to a blank DVD disc later without damaging their DVD special editions. While the copied DVD VIDEO_TS folder is not compatible with WD TV player, and you may need to convert DVD VIDEO_TS folder to WD TV/WD TV Live playable file in advance.

First of all, download and install the Pavtube DVDAid, the best DVD to WD TV converter to help you convert VIDEO_TS to WD TV MKV file.


With Pavtube DVD Ripper (2014 Pavtube Summer Holiday Special offer - 30% off), you can easily convert DVD disc, DVD VIDEO_TS folder and DVD IFO/ISO file to any video format for different devices including iPad Air, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Kindle Fire HDX, Apple TV 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 3, Google Nexus 7/10, WD TV, WD TV Live, and more. In addition, it features with BD/DVD backup to computer hard drive with original structure. Meanwhile, Pavtube DVD Ripper for Macis available for Mac OS X users to rip DVD VIDEO_TS to WD TV/ WD TV Live.

How to transfer DVD VIDEO_TS folder to WD TV compatible MKV file?

Step 1. Run the best VIDEO_TS to WD TV converter, click “load from folder” and load DVD VIDEO_TS folder to DVD Ripper.

Tip 1: On the program UI, set one audio track and subtitles from “Subtitles” and “Audio” drop-down list. If you like, you can also check “Forced subtitles” button to play DVD VIDEO_TS folder with only forced subtitles on your WD TV.

Step 2. Select WD TV optimized format by clicking the “Format” menu. Since WD TV player supports MKV, H.264 MP4 and more, you are suggested to choose “Common Video > H.264 Video(*.mp4)”.

Step 3. If you like, modify profile settings such as video size, bitrate, frame rate, etc to get optimized video and audio playback on WD TV player.

Step 4. Return back to DVD Ripper main interface, and hit the “Convert” button to start ripping VIDEO_TS to WD TV. Once it finishes, open output folder, locate the created MP4 file and you can transfer DVD VIDEO_TS folder to watch on WD TV player.

Tip 2: If you’d like to extract more than one audio track and subtitles for WD TV playback, you can convert your BD/DVD to MKV with multiple audio streams, subtitles and chapter info using Pavtube ByteCopy. (Read more: Copy Blu-ray DVD collection onto HDD for use with WD TV media player)

In addition, this app adds Directly Copy feature which saves 100% intact .M2TS/.VOB main movie from original BD/DVD disc, and allows all subtitle and audio tracks preservation. Meanwhile, ByteCopy supports saving encoded multiple audio tracks in other two formats: .MP4 and .MOV besides .MKV under “Multi-track Video” for audio selection.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekend Special: Get 30% off ByteCopy for ripping Blu-ray/DVD to Android, iOS, Windows 8 devices

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- Backup BD/DVD with subtitle and multi audio tracks in lossless MKV
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- Rip Blu-ray/DVD movies retaining multiple audio and subtitle tracks in .mkv/.mp4/.mov. output format
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9-inch tablets launch in UK

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX was initially launched in the US a few weeks ago but now it looks like Amazon is taking the fight to the iPad Mini here in the UK.

Amazon has unveiled the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch and 8.9-inch tablets along with an updated Kindle Fire HD for the UK. Amazon's new range of tablets will be looking to steal the thunder from Apple's potential iPad Mini 2 launch next week.

The new Kindle Fire HDX tablets are not only lighter and thinner than the previous generation they also come with Amazon's new HDX display which the company is boasting as their best yet.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch specs

The first in the lineup is the Kindle Fire HDX which will come with a 7-inch HDX display boasting an impressive 1920x1200 resolution at 323ppi along with 100 per cent sRGB colour accuracy which should mean brighter more vivid colours when looking at images or watching video.

The HDX 7-inch also comes with dynamic image contrast which means that not only will the tablet adjust the brightness of the display dependent on its surroundings it'll also adjust the contrast of the display which should mean better viewing in direct sunlight.

Inside you'll find a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor making it not only three times faster than the previous Kindle Fire HD but faster even than some flagship smartphones like the HTC One max.

There's also 2GB of RAM which should mean that it's more than capable of switching between movies, books and apps without any hesitation.

Finally you'll find dual speakers powered by Dolby Digital Plus along with a 720p front-facing camera for video calls. You'll also be able to get the Kindle Fire HDX with 3G and 4G through Vodafone.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch specs

The HDX 8.9 is, according to Amazon, the lightest large screen tablet available weighing in at 374g making it 34 per cent lighter than the previous Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

You also get a HDX display boasting a mighty 2560x1600 at 339ppi making it an even higher resolution display than the HDX 7.

The HDX 8.9 does however come with the same hardware specs as the HDX 7 boasting the same 2.2Ghz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.

There's no word on storage however if you look at the US options available the UK pricing would suggest that Amazon will be offering the 8.9-inch with 16GB storage.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX with Fire OS 3.0 'Mojito'

Both tablets will come running Amazon's latest Fire OS 3.0 'Mojito' which will bring with it a whole host of new features including a totally new email client, Silk browser and calendar.

You'll also get VPN integration, enterprise compatibility and the ability to wirelessly print as well as Amazon FreeTime, a feature which Amazon introduced allowing parents to control what content their children have access too.

Amazon Mayday button

Of course what everyone will be talking about is the Mayday button, a service which at the press of a button, will provide live tech support in the form of a one-way video chat with an advisor.

Whilst you'll be able to see them, they won't be able to see you help avoiding any privacy issues, they'll also be able to remotely control your device showing you tips by drawing arrows or writing on the display, or helping you solve any tech problems.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX price and release date

The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch will start at £199 for 16GB WiFi-only and £269 with 4G making it clear that Amazon is not only gunning for the Google Nexus 7 2013 but also for the upcoming iPad Mini 2, it'll also be launching in 32 and 64GB versions.

UK pricing for the 16GB HDX 8.9-inch starts at £329 for WiFi-only whilst the 4G version will set you back £399 with shipping starting on 13th December for both tablets. You'll also be able to get the HDX 8.9 in 32 and 64GB versions as well.

Source: T3

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rip 2D Blu-ray movies to Side-by-Side 3D MKV for 3D LG TV with great 3D effect

This article walks you through the whole process of transferring 2D Blu-ray movies to Side-by-Side 3D MKV video with best 3D video quality on LG TV.
“I have a big problem with 3D. My final goal is to watch my 2D Blu-ray on LG TV with 3D effect. I did a lot of tests with some freeware, but in the final movie clip (3D) images are not aligned perfectly, as if they were slightly shifted. Any suggestions?”
You probably expect to enjoy the great video and audio effect of 3D movies on your 3D device you own at home such as LG TV. While most purchased Blu-ray disks before are in 2D effect and if you wanna get 3D playback on your 3D devices, you have to order another 3D version which costs extra money. 

How to copy 2D Blu-ray movies to 3D video without spending more money? You need the Blu-ray to SBS 3D MKV Converter to help transfer your 2D Blu-ray movies to MKV SBS 3D video and you could watch your favorite movies on LG TV with 3D effect preserved. Mac version is BDMagic for Mac.

The full guide of transferring 2D Blu-ray to Side-by-Side 3D MKV on LG TV presents in below article.

Tools needed:
  • The best Blu-ray to 3D MKV converter 
  • An external Blu-ray Disc Drive
  • A PC/Mac computer
  • 3D player – LG TV
  • Pairs of 3D glasses (don’t forget to turn the glasses on)
Step 1: Free download and install the best Blu-ray to 3D MKV converter.

Step 2: Load your source Blu-ray movie from disc drive to 3D Blu-ray Ripper.

3D Blu-ray Ripper

Step 3: Choose “MKV Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mkv)” under “3D Video” category for your LG TV since the reader of the LG only handles SBS 3D MKV as supported format.

SBS 3D MKV format

Step 4: If you like, you could adjust video codec, bitrate, frame rate, etc to get better video quality in saved 3D MKV video. Meanwhile, you could choose 3D anaglyph and Depth in Profile Settings to avoid images misaligned.

Tip 1: When you have trouble getting aligned images in saved 3D SBS MKV video, adjust “Depth” in Profile Settings helps make the film images aligned perfectly.

Step 5: Hit the “Convert” button to copy your 2D Blu-ray movie to MKV Side-by-Side 3D video. When if finishes, click the “Open” option to locate the created 3D SBS MKV video and you are ready to transfer your 2D Blu-ray movies to LG TV for entertainment.

Tip 2: It is much complicated for encoding Blu-ray to SBS 3D video because of data analyzing and processing, so the process of copying SBS 3D video takes more than regular disc ripping.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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

Most people are more inclined to a 16:9 screen since it is a good compromise that fits a lot of movie formats without too much pillar boxing or letterboxing, not to mention it fits all HDTV programming perfectly. If you intend to digitalize your Blu-ray DVD collection for storing them on your NAS, so as to stream them to your laptops and/or DLNA compliant Home Theatre systems for watching in 16:9 widescree, you may find this article is worth reading. The purpose of this article is to help you create 16:9 widescreen MP4 files from Blu-ray and DVD movies. (Read more:What is an aspect ratio and Types of aspect ratio)

[Guide] Rip Blu-ray and DVD to widescreen (16:9) MP4 video using ByteCopy 

The software I will use is Pavtube ByteCopy. The reason I use Pavtube is because a reviewer put it at the top of the list of the 5 best Blu-ray rippers. Also, I found out that upon downloading its trial version that I was able to rip both my Blu-rays and DVDs to 16:9 MP4 straightly with satisfactory quality and fast speed. These are the two reasons why I picked Pavtube ByteCopy. 

Follow the detailed operating steps:

Step 1. Import source media.

Click “Load file(s)” button to import Blu-ray/DVD movie files. You can load a disc, a Blu-ray/DVD folder, or an IFO/ISO image file. 

Step 2. Select output format.

Pavtube ByteCopy offers several MP4 formats for users to choose from, including SD MPEG-4 MP4, SD H.264 MP4, HD MPEG-4 MP4 and HD H.264 MP4. Here we pick “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” for instance. To select H.264 HD MP4 as output, do as follows:

From Format bar, navigate to “HD Video” catalogue, and then choose “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as target format.

Step 3. Set aspect ratio to 16:9.

Click “Settings” button to custom video aspect ratio. By default, the “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” profile uses 1920*1080 (16:9) aspect ratio. If you are using Blu-ray as input, you needn’t change anything here, because this ratio is proper for full HD Blu-ray movies, and you can get a 16 x 9 MP4 file in 1080p. But if your source media is standard DVD, we suggest you set the size down to 1280*720 to produce a 720p video in widescreen (16x9). 

How to crop black bars on top and bottom of the image and still keep 16:9 aspect ratio:

1). On the main interface, press “Edit” to enter video editor. Switch to “Crop” tab.
2). Click on the Keep Ration lock.
3). Select 16:9 from the Operation Ratio box.
4). Crop out the black bars by 16:9. This may sacrifice some image on left and right side.
5). Click “OK”, back to the main interface and go on ripping DVD/Blu-ray movies for playback.

Keep in mind that when it comes to DVD movies there is a formatting issue to consider. Many movies are wider than 16:9. For example, The Fifth Element, U-571, American Beauty, The Lord of the Rings, Dances with Wolves, Star Wars/Phantom Menace and Seabiscuit (to name a few) are all 2.35:1, not 1.78:1(16:9). When you display these movies on a 16:9 screen you will have black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. The black bars are not as large as they would be on a 4:3 screen, but they are there nevertheless. (view Wikipedia to learn more about Aspect ratio)

Step 4. Start ripping Blu-ray/DVD movies to 16:9 MP4 video.

When back to the main interface, click the “Convert” button to start converting Blu-ray DVD movie to MP4 video in 16 x 9 widescreen.

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Aspect Ratios Explained: What is an aspect ratio and Types of aspect ratio

Summary: A definition of aspect ratio, and the different types of aspect ratios such as 4:3 and 16:9 are described.

What is an aspect ratio?

An aspect ratio is simply a figure that represents the width-to-height ratio of an image. The easiest way to explain aspect ratios is to use an example. Take the aspect ratio 4:3. The first number, 4, signifies the width of the image while the second number, 3, indicates the height in any given unit of measure. In this case it could mean for every four inches the image is wide, it is three inches high. The measurements used are irrelevant, only the ratio matters.

Types of aspect ratio

There are multiple types of aspect ratios which are all used for different purposes. For example:

  • 4:3 is used for many computer monitors and older, non-widescreen televisions.
  • 1:1 is an uncommon square-format aspect ratio occasionally used in photography.
  • 5:4 is a computer monitor resolution, now more commonly used in mobile telephone cameras.
  • 16:9 is the aspect ratio used for High Definition television, as well as movies.
  • 14:9 is a compromise aspect ratio used to create a picture acceptable to both 4:3 and 16:9 televisions.
  • 16:10 is utilized in the majority of widescreen computer monitors.

Native aspect ratios

The two most common aspect ratios are 4:3 (used in most computer monitors and older televisions) and the “widescreen” 16:9 aspect ratio (used in films and widescreen televisions). These two aspect ratios are known as “native” aspect ratios since they are the two ratios that are currently used in display units such as DLP projectors and LCD televisions.

Currently there is still no fixed aspect ratio as some television channels broadcast in the High Definition 16:9 ratio whereas others continue to use the standard definition 4:3 format. Furthermore, DVDs offer the user the choice which of the two aspect ratios to use. In the future when Blu-Ray takes over DVDs, only a 16:9 ratio will be offered. This is still many years away from happening. 16:9 is also now becoming more common as the resolution of newer laptops with widescreens.

Anamorphic aspect ratios

Certain DVDs offer a feature known as “anamorphic widescreen” or a picture “enhanced for widescreen television” which scales the video to the aspect ratio of the screen. This means that should you play a 4:3 aspect ratio film on a 16:9 widescreen television, the black borders running across the screen will be removed. While this can also be achieved by using a “zoom” button present in many televisions, this will not increase the resolution of the image like a film played in anamorphic widescreen will. This is because during the transfer to DVD the image is stretched by one third, using what would have otherwise been unused space. As a result the full image will appear slightly sharper due the higher resolution it is using.

However, since the majority of DVDs nowadays offer the user the choice to output the film in either 16:9 or 4:3 format, this feature has been rendered somewhat redundant.

Aspect ratio comparison

When considering purchasing a projector, a television, or any other kind of display device it is important to consider the aspect ratio in relation to your needs, as each is suited to particular tasks.

16:9 aspect ratio

The main advantage of a 16:9 aspect ratio is that it is the standard that High Definition content is output at. This makes it vital if you plan on watching High Definition movies or sports, especially as these are now becoming increasingly more available. This is primarily due to the declining cost and growing popularity of Blu-Ray players, as well as the fact that many governments are actively encouraging television companies to make HDTV broadcasts available. The 16:9 aspect ratio is particularly appropriate if you watch many modern films on a home movie theatre since most movies are now produced in 16:9 format.

4:3 aspect ratio

While the 4:3 aspect ratio is viewed as somewhat dated, it is still very common and is still the standard aspect ratio for computer screens. While it is true that High Definition content is becoming more and more prevalent, the majority of broadcasters still output in a 4:3 aspect ratio. While the same cannot be said for films, if you still watch a lot of VHS tapes of older films then a 4:3 television will allow for the image to take up the screen. Displayed on a 16:9 television it would appear stretched, or would have black borders running along the edges.

Advantages of wider aspect ratios

The main advantage of widescreen aspect ratios is that it is the future standard. High Definition broadcasts are becoming more and more popular, meaning that the majority of content produced nowadays is shot in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Should you continue to use a square-like 4:3 display then the majority of content will be shown with black bars running horizontally along the edges of the screen. Furthermore, should you intend to play the latest videogame consoles, a device with 4:3 aspect ratio will not be able to output High Definition graphics, as they necessitate widescreen resolutions.

Importance of matching input aspect ratio with output.

It is important to match the aspect ratio of the display with the aspect ratio of the image source to get the most out of both devices. Many devices such as iPods and mobile phones have their own aspect ratios and may not be able to display videos of a different standard. While 4:3 televisions can display 16:9 broadcasts and vice versa, the compromise is a set of black bars bordering the screen either vertically or horizontally, which, should you own a plasma television, can cause burn in. In the case of High Definition (i.e. 16:9 aspect ratio) videogame graphics and text, when made to display in a 4:3 resolution, can often appear squashed and distorted due to the compression.

We hope this article has been useful to you!

Question: Can I watch 4:3 content on a 16:9 display?

Answer: Sure! However, you will see black bars on the top and bottom or along the sides of your image when viewing material that does not match the native resolution of your projector. (How to convert 4:3 video to 16:9 for tablet/smartphone and leave out black bars?)


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