[MPlayer-users] mencoder adding a border to a movie

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Thu Apr 15 16:59:11 CEST 2004

On Thu, Apr 15, 2004 at 11:17:38AM +0100, scott at bonnag.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to encode and scale 16:9 films from dvd to 4:3 but preserve the aspect 
> ratio.  I want the films to appear widescreen but add a black border to and 
> bottom.
> I have found this on the man page:
> mencoder dvd://2 -vf scale -zoom -xy 512
> which almost does it, but I want to add black to the top and bottom to make it 
> 4:3.
> Any suggestions?

Yes, don't do it. It's totally useless. Maybe if you were making VCD's
where it's required, this would be ok, but 512 is not VCD-size. All
you will do by adding black borders is significantly lower the


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