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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in Apps
If the film you're watching on your laptop is too wide to fit, and you want to zoom in on the movie in DVD Player, there's a nice slider for it in menu Window » Video Zoom. In QuickTime Player, however, there's only an option to completely zoom in, cutting out a lot of the movie on both sides. So if you want a compromise between those two views, do it this way:
  1. Zoom in on the movie by first dragging it over to the left side of the screen, and then resizing it by dragging the lower right corner.
  2. Play the movie by choosing View » Present Movie, and choosing Present at: Current Size from the onscreen dialog.
The movie keeps the current zoom level, cutting only some portions on the sides.
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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 07:53:47AM

Why not just go View -- Enter Full Screen (CMD-F) ? That's a lot simpler.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: zpjet on May 20, '09 08:13:32AM

what about actually reading the hint before posting? it says it even in the title. the idea is to zoom in the film, while in full screen there are only two options: zoom out to fit the screen, or zoom in to fill the screen. this hint is about a compromise between those two options.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 08:18:12AM

I did read the hint, several times, and it doesn't make sense to me. Are you trying to view the widescreen format video without black bars? Or something else? I guess I don't clearly understand your problem, thus your solution makes no sense.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 08:23:57AM

I guess what I'm saying is, how does going Full Screen and then selecting either "Fill Screen" (CMD-4) or "Panoramic" (CMD-5) not fit your needs?

The first one fills the screen without stretching/distorting the movie (but like you said it cuts off some of the sides). The second option fills the screen without black bars, and without cutting any of the video off, by slightly stretching/distorting the image on the x-axis towards the edges (so less distorted in the middle).

I cannot possibly imagine what other option one might need.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: zpjet on May 20, '09 08:44:45AM

well, some people... anyway. just try that zoom slider in DVD Player to see what i mean.

i use my laptop to watch films so let's say i like having more than just three options.

btw i know about the panoramic view and i use it with films which are quite close to screen aspect ratio; otherwise i find it quite disturbing and rather choose to zoom in slightly and cut some parts of film.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 08:54:39AM

I guess I'm having trouble understanding what you mean by "too wide to fit" (fit how?) and exactly what problem you are having, and how "Zoom to Fit" and "Panoramic" do not solve the issue.

Your hint is VERY unclear. You talk about a movie that is "too wide to fit" and then suggest zooming in even more? That seems like it would make the situation worse.

Can you give a link to a sample video that has whatever this issue that your hint purports to solve? Can you provide a "before" and "after" screenshot showing how QuickTime zooms the video (which you don't like), versus how your hint zooms the video?



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: zpjet on May 20, '09 09:33:38AM

let's just say i wanted to replicate functionality of DVD Player's zoom.

when i'm going to watch very wide movie (aspect ratio more than 2:1) on my 15 inch screen, i don't like too much of black bars (and sometimes very small subtitles), i don't like too much of the movie being cut, and i don't like distortions caused by Cmd-5.

so i just do this compromise. not too much black, not too much movie cut, bigger subtitles, no distortion.

and it's just a few clicks; considering i'm going to then watch 90 minutes film the way i want it, it's small inconvenience.

the macosxhints are for people who try to find other options. i like quit menu item in my finder, i like my hidden icons in dock being semi-transparent, i like to watch films slightly zoomed-in.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 10:22:56AM

Ok, I think I see what you are trying to do. You want to "over zoom" (but not as much as "Fit to screen") the movie so it's bigger on your screen while minimizing the black bars, correct?

It also seems that to accomplish this you would need to drag the movie a little bit past the left side of the screen, in order to stretch it out far enough to the right to get the correct "Present at current size" that you want. It was not clear from your hint that you would have to drag the movie past the left side of the screen a bit... unless I am still totally missing your point :)



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: bengarland on May 20, '09 08:32:21AM

Also, what do you mean "too wide to fit" ? Quicktime automatically adjusts its full screen zoom to fit your screen so there should never be an issue here. Even if you tried to watch a 1080p movie on a Macbook, it would shrink the movie's resolution down to match that of the Macbook (with black bars of course, unless you choose "Panoramic" or "Fit to Screen" zoom mode).

I think you are looking for a hint where a problem does not exist. It seems like user error to me.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: Unsoluble on May 20, '09 08:43:18AM

I'm with you on the confusion, but I have (rarely) got a few videos that were ripped strangely and ended up with black borders on both the sides *and* the top/bottom -- in order to get those to frame nicely fullscreen, some window-resizing could help. Or the scrollwheel method I mentioned below.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: ragmaxone on May 20, '09 11:52:40AM

I was looking for the "View>Present Movie" option equivalent, as far as my Leopard speaks French, but I finally changed the language settings to see that it's a PRO option... and I don't have a PRO licence of QTPlayer :o(



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: Unsoluble on May 20, '09 08:35:36AM

To get any zoom level you want in any app, just use the Universal Access shortcut of Control-scrollwheel. Turn smoothing on or off in the prefs to taste. Not the most elegant solution, works when you need it, and always right at hand.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: zpjet on May 20, '09 08:49:02AM

well i was using this way before but not only picture quality bugged me but also always finding out how to hide mouse...



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: maaac on May 20, '09 08:44:22AM
Hmm, I would rather go to full screen (cmd+f) and then use Zoom (from Universal Access) via the keyboard shortcut or crtl+two finger up on the trackpad...

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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: mechanical_marks on May 21, '09 04:07:21AM

In QuickTime "fullscreen" mode, you can CMD+4 to "fill screen" or CMD+5 to "stretch sides to fill" or CMD+3 to reset to fullscreen.

Works for QT Pro only i think.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: timhaigh on May 21, '09 07:13:54AM

VLC plays more formats than Quicktime apart from Apple DRM files.

In vlc use the crop setting and it will resize the movie to fill your screen.



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Watch widescreen movies in QuickTime Player with zoom in
Authored by: sipatel on Jun 11, '09 06:20:48AM

In Quicktime, if you hold the SHIFT key whilst stretching the movie, you can change the aspect ratio of the movie. This is helpful when you have a squashed or overstretched conversion and need to correct the picture.



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