[FFmpeg-user] Getting actual video size + ratio

Nicolas George nicolas.george at normalesup.org
Thu Nov 22 17:54:13 CET 2012

Le tridi 3 frimaire, an CCXXI, Rodney Baker a écrit :
> Sorry for the confusion. According to my sources, DAR = SAR x PAR. It seems

The correct formula, eliminating all notation problems, is:

	display aspect ratio = image ratio × sample aspect ratio


display aspect ratio is the ratio between the physical size of the image
when it is correctly displayed;

image aspect ratio is the ratio of the resolution of the image in pixels;

sample aspect ratio is the aspect ratio of the physical size of a pixel of
the image when it is correctly displayed.

> that Sample Aspect Ratio is a pseudonym for Storage Aspect Ratio (or v/v) but

I do not know where you got that storage aspect ratio, I had never
encountered it before. It seems to refer to what I call image ratio.

Sample aspect ratio is a synonym for pixel aspect ratio, since the pixels
are the samples for images.

Anyway, you should never refer to this kind of formula without stating your
notations with accuracy.

> it is NOT the same. I thought ffmpeg used to print all 3 parameters, but maybe
> it has only ever printed 2 of the 3, but codec dependent.

ffmpeg prints the display aspect ratio and the sample aspect ratio. It also
prints the image resolution, and you can use a calculator to deduce the
corresponding ratio (which, IMHO, should not be called an _aspect_ ratio).

> Here is another reference that uses Sample Aspect Ratio, but the formula is
> the same.
> http://www.animemusicvideos.org/guides/avtech3/theory-videoaspectratios.html
> Quoting from that page:
> "Sample Aspect Ratios

> The SAR basically just says "stretch the video by this ratio".

Unless I am seriously mistaken, this thing is completely equivalent to what
the very same page calls pixel aspect ratio a few paragraphs earlier (and
that ffmpeg calls sample aspect ratio). (There may be a catch if the file is
designed to be played on a device that has non-square pixels but not at its
native resolution, but that is beginning to be far-fetched.)


  Nicolas George
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