The issue of a new ultra-wide monitor owner is that most common media players “do not know” to display movies in the format 2.35: 1. The picture does not fill the screen as it should be, since it has a width / height ratio identical to the screen. Instead we have black bars on all sides!
So how do we watch movies on an ultra-wide monitor?
An annoying problem, after all the thing we want is to display a video stream in its original format. Below we introduce three programs that allow you to see movies on an ultra-wide display as they should be displayed, without those black bars.
Cyberlink Power DVD 15
Most demanding commercial players like Power DVD or Total Media Theatre offer some very interesting features to improve picture quality, and if you own such software, then I suppose you prefer to use it rather than any free program. Unfortunately, Power DVD is severely limited when it comes to playing movies in ultra-wide format.
You can zoom the image using the magnifying glass shaped button on the bottom menu bar, but this feature is only available for video files, not for DVD or Blu-Ray discs. Besides, the slider that lacks precision, making it difficult to adjust it to the desired size.
Media Player Classic Home Cinema
MPC-HC is a free software, small, able to run any video format – and this without requiring separate install of codecs. To view the ultra-wide format movies, all you have to do is to use the directional arrows on the NumPad to resize the image, while the player is running. Numeric keypad buttons on your keyboard also work as arrows in eight directions. To get rid of the black bars, we will have to increase the image on diagonal, so we have to press 9 several times until it fills the screen.
Total Media Theatre 6
It is the best solution to watch movies on an ultra-wide monitor. It provides all the effects to improve the image – that you would expect from a commercial player, and at the same time makes it easy to adjust the image to fill the screen. Initially, the movie will appear with black bars on all those screen edges, but all you have to do, is to right click on the image and select Automatic Zoom.
You should know that these methods will work only with those films that native ultra-wide format, not with the ones edited in the 16: 9 size. If the movie has no black bars on top and bottom of the image, it means that it is 16: 9. In this case you will not be able to fill the ultra-wide screen of a monitor without deforming the image in one way or another.