I have seen another thread on this topic, but after a few posts, the thread just seemed to dry up, with no solution, so I have to ask as well.
As part of my other problem, I have been thinking of an alternate container for my videos. For my TV shows on DVD, I decided to stay with their default format of VOB. So to test, I got one of my TV shows, and ripped an episode to test playback etc…
The source was a PAL 720x576 (16:9) DVD
The output was a PAL 720x576 (16:9) DVD
Playing it in VLC results in correct playback, with no black bars in the frame.
Playing it on my Oppo BDP-103, results in correct, fullscreen playback, with no black bars on screen.
Playing on the WDLive results in a squashed frame, with black bars at the top and bottom.
Edit: Have just tried it on my Xperia Tablet Z, and it plays full screen on there too.
I have checked the output VOB with VOBEdit and you can see the info in the included image. This shows the size and aspect ratio to be correct. Now MediaInfo shows a different ratio, and that is 2.40:1… however, MediaInfo shows the bitrate incorrectly, and that makes me question whether it is pulling the aspect ratio from the right place in the file.
I cannot find any settings in the WD that will let me force the correct aspect ratio, so I am not sure what my options are. Had other players played the file incorrectly, then I would have blamed the VOB, but nothing else does. That makes me wonder if the WD is getting the same incorrect aspect ratio that MediaInfo is getting.