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Old 23rd August 2016, 02:48   #1  |  Link
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SAR Question

Trying to figure out what SAR to use when encoding 4:3 video with DVD as the source.

I'm cropping 8 off the left and right which is largely unused or malformed (so it's 704x480). Normally, I set the SAR to 8/9, and the output video would be 704x540. It looks the *same* as the source except for the crops on the side. However, MPC-HC reports this as SAR 176:135.

I've read that I should instead be using SAR 10/11 for 4:3 sources when you crop 8 off the sides.

However, the output size is effectively 704x528, and looks scrunched vertically compared to the original. However, it does report as 4:3.

I know there have been plenty of discussions on this, such as here:


So, is the original wrong for displaying at 4:3 with the lack of information at the sides? Maybe there is no definitive answer, but I'd love to know what people are using as a SAR when they have 704x480 content.
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