Whenever I try to view a widescreen movie on my widescreen laptop fullscreen in WMP, it doesn't stretch the image out all the way. Is there some setting I'm missing? It seems WMP thinks my display is a regular fullscreen.
Something like this
My other player, PowerDVD, has no problem stretching it out to the edge of the screen when set to widescreen mode.
I'm having the same issue with some movie clips I have downloaded, these are 4:3 but I still end up with the black boarder on all 4 sides. If I use PowerDVD the video fills the width of the screen even when maintain aspect ratio is checked.
I have noticed that this is only with mpeg, and I have lost the ability to double click on the video to make it go full screen.
... Writing this intrigued me enough to work out what was wrong.
WMP will build the filter graph on the fly to play back what ever you throw at it, PowerDVD on the other hand favours it's own filters.
Get a copy of GraphEdit
and see what the filter graph is for the file your having issues with. For me it used the Intervideo video decoder.
Now if this is the same for you, get a copy of RadLight Filter Manager
and use it to lower the MERIT of the Intervideo DirectShow filter, and save.
Now open in WMP and the boarder should be gone (well it has for me!)
If you open the file in GraphEdit again you will see it picks a different video decoder.
I'm pretty sure the problem your seeing is a fault with the intervideo decoder, so if you can get that out the way then things should return to normal.