Wanna know how to get correct or better aspect ratio for ripping DVD movies to playback on HDTV, PC, project or mobile devices? Check the detailed guide below.

As you know, there are two aspect ratios supported by DVD: 4:3 (also called “Normal” or “Full Size”) and 16:9 (“Wide Screen”). Both aspect ratios use the same picture size; however, the 16:9 (widescreen anamorphic) image is horizontally compressed on DVD and then stretched by the DVD player when viewing. To get maximum entertainment with the ripped DVDs on a wide-screen HDTV, laptop, projector or portable devices, you’d better adjust the correct or suitable aspect ratio during DVD ripping, otherwise you may get the ripped DVD image with the poor effects like annoying black bars.


4:3 is the aspect ratio of a normal TV (Image 1). 16:9 is the aspect ratio of a widescreen TV (Image 2). A 16:9 feature will be letterboxed on 4:3 TV (Image 3) or Pan & Scan (Image 1).

What would be the correct resolution for a full-DVD-quality rip in the correct aspect ratio at maximum resolution? 720×400, 720×300 or other? What are the best fit for 16:9 widescreen and normal 4:3 display? How to choose the correct aspect ratio during DVD ripping? In this page, we will give you some hints.

How to set the correct aspect ratio during DVD ripping?

First of all, download and install Brorsoft DVD Ripper, which is available for Windows (Windows 8) and Mac (Mavericks and Yosemite) computers. With it, you can select desired subtitles and audio tracks for specific chapters; decide movie resolution, aspect ratio, bitrate and more. It provides optimized presets for different divces including HDTV, PC, Apple TV, iPad Air, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S4, Amazon Fire Phone, Roku 3, WD TV etc or sharing on YouTube. Besides, the built-in video editor lets you personalize your DVD by trimming, cropping, adding watermarks, adjusting video effects, etc. Below are the steps.

  • Step 1. Load DVD movie
  • Insert your DVD disc into DVD drive. Then click the DVD disc icon to load DVD movie. If your DVD is saved as files on your computer, click “DVD Folder” and browse to the folder that contains DVD files.

  • Step 2. Choose a proper format
  • Click the Format bar, and choose a desired format. For playing common DVD rips (720*480 for NTSC, 720*576 for PAL) on HDTV, AVI, WMV, MP4 from Common Video profile list are the highly recommended output formats.

  • Step 3. Set best aspect ratio for 4:3 or 16:9 display


  • a. Set proper aspect ratio for a 4:3 display
  • If your display screen or HDTV is in 4:3 aspect ratio, here you need to set nothing. The default settings will result in letterboxed DVD videos with black bars above and below like the below image (720*480, 4:3) shows.


  • b. Set proper aspect ratio for a 16:9 display
  • If you want to enjoy a 16:9 display, and don’t mind that the picture/image will be stretched too much, click “Edit” on menu bar to switch to “Video Editor” interface, tap on “Crop” and choose “Stretch” from “Output Mode” dropdown list. Then the black bars will disappear on the output window.

  • 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.

  • Tips: To avoid black bars when play DVD videos in full screen, you may click “Settings” button to set a video size of 16:9 in the “Settings” panel, for instance, 720*405, 800*450, 960*640, or 1280*720.

  • Step 4. Convert DVD movies
  • Go back to the main UI and click “Convert” to start ripping your DVD movies and then you can enjoy them on your 4:3 or 16:9 displays with correct or proper aspect ratio.
Solving Aspect Ratio (4:3 or 16:9) Problems in DVD Ripping Process

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