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I read a couple of posts from a year or two ago asking if the app will ever support a true 4:3 aspect ratio, it's been a while since then and the app still doesn't support it, whether automatically or simply an option. I watch the older SD-only shows on my CRT for a little bit of nostalgia as well as the benefit of the tube removing most of the digital artifacting that comes along with the SD stream. I don't really have any other complaints other than the jagged badly scaled nature of the app's UI at the 4:3 SD resolution. The app has been very nicely polished over the years, I rarely if ever can crash it even if I'm scrolling quickly through a list of episodes.

I'm just really hoping for auto 4:3 or some sort of option so I don't have to feel like I'm running the episodes with severe underscan, I have a good inch of black all around the picture. Thanks
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Posted 5/24/15

twistedd85 wrote:

I'm just really hoping for auto 4:3 or some sort of option so I don't have to feel like I'm running the episodes with severe underscan, I have a good inch of black all around the picture.

Do all the 4:3 episodes you've come across do that, or only some?

I know over at The Anime Network, some of their older 4:3 material will show up on the web player with a frame around the entire image in a 16:19 presentation, while others will properly have just black panels on each side.

If all the 4:3 episodes here are showing up that way, I would suspect CR is having hard code the side panels for some devices or apps that don't handle 4:3 video (i.e., that would stretch it or show it moved over to the left side). As they apparently use the same encodes for multiple devices, any devices that would properly handle 4:3 would inherit that drawback.

I would expect if that is the case, persons viewing video on iPads and older iPhone (4s and earlier) would see a similar effect.

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twistedd85 wrote:

I'm just really hoping for auto 4:3 or some sort of option so I don't have to feel like I'm running the episodes with severe underscan, I have a good inch of black all around the picture.

Do all the 4:3 episodes you've come across do that, or only some?

I know over at The Anime Network, some of their older 4:3 material will show up on the web player with a frame around the entire image in a 16:19 presentation, while others will properly have just black panels on each side.

If all the 4:3 episodes here are showing up that way, I would suspect CR is having hard code the side panels for some devices or apps that don't handle 4:3 video (i.e., that would stretch it or show it moved over to the left side). As they apparently use the same encodes for multiple devices, any devices that would properly handle 4:3 would inherit that drawback.

I would expect if that is the case, persons viewing video on iPads and older iPhone (4s and earlier) would see a similar effect.



Ah, yeah. All of the 4:3 content has bars on either side, Sherlock Hound, Kenshiro, Galaxy Express, etc. I wish it could at least have a zoom feature if it is indeed encoded that way, it's just so awkward on anything isn't widescreen.
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twistedd85 wrote:

Ah, yeah. All of the 4:3 content has bars on either side, Sherlock Hound, Kenshiro, Galaxy Express, etc. I wish it could at least have a zoom feature if it is indeed encoded that way, it's just so awkward on anything isn't widescreen.

I note the titles you cited were ones added at the dawn of CR as a legit service. Do you get the same effect with a 4:3 show that was encoded more recently, such as Rurouni Kenshin or the early non-HD episodes of One Piece?

With those early titles, no one probably gave much thought to the possibility of someone viewing the stream on a television, much less an old 4:3 set. If Air Master and PreCure are anything to go by, those early Toei titles (which would include Galaxy Express and Fist of the North Star) would be some of the worst encoding I've seen (and heard).

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TheAncientOne wrote:

I note the titles you cited were ones added at the dawn of CR as a legit service. Do you get the same effect with a 4:3 show that was encoded more recently, such as Rurouni Kenshin or the early non-HD episodes of One Piece?

With those early titles, no one probably gave much thought to the possibility of someone viewing the stream on a television, much less an old 4:3 set. If Air Master and PreCure are anything to go by, those early Toei titles (which would include Galaxy Express and Fist of the North Star) would be some of the worst encoding I've seen (and heard).



Tested both Kenshin and One Piece, they both have the black bars on all sides. Even the CR app's menu is black barred on the top and bottom as well. I guess it was just easier to write it so it'd treat everything viewed within the app as 16:9 since most all of CR's content is wide screen.
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