zEli173 wrote:16:9 is the widescreen apect ratio used by HDTV and 4:3 is the traditonal aspect ration used by standard def. TV. When a viewer wants to fill up a widescreen TV with a 4:3 picture there is typically a choice to either stretch the picture or crop and zoom (or do a little bit of both).
An SD picture that is sent to your TV is 4:3, you don't create a wider field of view by filling up your screen, you just distort the image you have. In my opinion stretching or zooming a picture just looks bad. I understand that side bars are distracting, but I certainly would rather put up with them and display the image the way it's meant to be seen.
221:100 is even wider than 16:9. When you change the aspect ratio to that, you are distorting the image even further. And since you're making the image wider than your TV, you are not only watching a distorted picture, but one with bars on the top and bottom. Again, if that's what you like, then more power to you. But I don't get why anyone would prefer it.
Whoops I ment 4:3 and not 5:4.
Anyways I enjoy 221:100 because the clarity is better then 16:9 spread over a full screen.
221:100 doesn't look as distorted as 16:9 to me due to the bars.
Anyways its all about what you enjoy looking at.
VLC gives you lots and lots of options which is nice