Crop the Blu-ray 2.4:1 anamorphic image to fit for 16:9 displays

As we all know most BD movies are released in 2.4:1 aspect ratio, which is also known as Panavision or CinemaScope. A popular aspect ratio for major movie releases. Historically, this aspect ratio was actually 2.35:1, but it switched to 2.39:1 in the 1970’s. It is also commonly rounded up to 2.40:1. Therefore you may see any of these three versions recorded on the Blu-ray or DVD box – although they are essentially the same thing.

The 4:3 television will have huge black bars at the top and bottom, and the movie will be that small colourful bit somewhere in the middle! Again, as with the previous aspect ratios, zooming in can reduce the bars but it will also make the image less-defined and cause a loss of the picture at either side.

2.39:1 Image on a 4:3 TV

2.39:1 Image on a 16:9 TV

On the 16:9 TV, this is probably the one that annoys people most. We spend all this money on a huge 60 inch widescreen technological phenomenon, and then when we play a DVD or Blu-ray a third of the screen is covered with black bars at the top and bottom!

In order to play 2.4:1 Blu-ray movie at full frame on 16:9 HDTV without black bars, we need to Crop the 2.4:1 anamorphic image to fit for 16:9 displays.

In this way a portion of the widescreen theatrical image of a film is selected to fill your TV screen. Letterboxed black boarders and partial of the image are cropped out across the widescreen film so that the left image will be just right for 16:9 screen (somewhat like pan and scan).
Pros: you get full-screen display of the movie and not lose aspect ratio.
Cons: this results in a loss of more than 25% of the original image.

The Brorsoft Blu-ray Ripper software is able to rip Blu-ray Discs to MKV, AVI, WMV, MP4, TS, MOV formats with flexible features. It meets your requirements for keeping original aspect ratio, cropping 2.4:1 movie to fit for 16:9 screen and altering aspect ratio for HDTV. Click to download a trial of Brorosft Blu-ray Ripper software.

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1. Import Blu-ray files

Launch the program and insert the Blu-ray disc that contains the Blu-ray movies you want. Click the disc button to choose the Blu-ray files you want to convert. Note that you can also import Blu-ray Folders, ISO/IFO files. At the bottom, you can select your desired subtitle and audio track.

2: Choose a proper format

Click the Format bar, and choose a desired format. For playing commonBlu-ray on HDTV, AVI, WMV, MP4 from Common Video profile list are the highly recommended output formats.

3: Set best aspect ratio for

If you want to get a 16:9 display and don’t mind the stretched picture, you can click the Edit button to enter the Video Editor -> Crop. You can select the output mode as Stretch.

How to Get the black bars off?

In the Video Editor interface, here you see the Original Preview and Output Preview area. The original video is put in green frame. Drag the dotted frame to crop black bar out as it shows below.

4: Start converting Blu-ray

After the settings, click the “Convert” button to start converting Blu-ray to desired size (aspect ratio) for playing on (HD) device.