Black frame around video

Hi, I just got a WD TV Live Hub. If I have it play video with the resolution of a conventional DVD, which has a vertical resolution of 480 pixels, it displays with a black frame around the picture, as a video monitor/TV set has more than 480 vertical lines of video resolution. DVD players resize the video they play so it fills the screen. Is there a configuration setting in the Live Hub to make it do this - resize the video so it fills the screen? Thanks. ::Jack

No, every DVD I’ve played displays at the “full” resolution…

Please post the full TEXT output of MEDIAINFO for such a file.

Okay… here’s the MediaInfo output for this video.

The DVD from whence this video originated did play in a DVD player full screen, that is, there was no black frame around it when the DVD player played it, but there is a black frame around it when the WD hub plays it.

Thanks again.


Complete name                            :
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Codec ID                                 : M4V
File size                                : 1.19 GiB
Duration                                 : 45mn 57s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
Overall bit rate                         : 3 706 Kbps
Writing application                      : Lavf52.93.0

ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : Main@L3.0
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames                : 1 frame
Codec ID                                 : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                 : 45mn 57s
Bit rate                                 : 3 531 Kbps
Width                                    : 640 pixels
Height                                   : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.384
Stream size                              : 1.14 GiB (96%)
Writing library                          : x264 core 112 r1834 a51816a
Encoding settings                        : cabac=1 / ref=1 / deblock=1:0:0 / analyse=0x1:0 / me=dia / subme=0 / psy=1 / psy_rd=0.00:0.00 / mixed_ref=0 / me_range=16 / chroma_me=1 / trellis=0 / 8x8dct=0 / cqm=0 / deadzone=21,11 / fast_pskip=1 / chroma_qp_offset=0 / threads=1 / sliced_threads=0 / nr=0 / decimate=1 / interlaced=0 / constrained_intra=0 / bframes=0 / weightp=0 / keyint=250 / keyint_min=25 / scenecut=0 / intra_refresh=0 / rc=abr / mbtree=0 / bitrate=3531 / ratetol=1.0 / qcomp=0.60 / qpmin=10 / qpmax=51 / qpstep=4 / ip_ratio=1.41 / aq=0

ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : AAC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile                           : LC
Codec ID                                 : 40
Duration                                 : 45mn 57s
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 152 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 44.1 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Stream size                              : 49.9 MiB (4%)

If your TV is 16:9, and your WD is (properly) configured for “Widescreen”, then the WDTV is displaying it correctly.

It’s a 4:3 monitor, and the hub is set to Widescreen. (If I set the hub to Normal, the video plays in letterbox and all the actors in the video look like they’ve gained 50 pounds.)

That was a helpful clue, however.

The hub is connected to the TV using the component video interface.

If I connect the hub using the composite video interface and set the hub to Normal, rather than Widescreen, the image fills the screen correctly. It’s not exactly the solution I was looking for, but it’s a start.

Any ideas how I can configure the hub to achieve a full-screen playback through the component interface?



If your TV is 4:3, then you should be setting the video to NORMAL, not WIDESCREEN … regardless of whether you use component or composite.

That’s how I have it configured - set to Normal - but the picture is compressed veryically if I look at component video. It looks normal if I look at composite video.