Wide Screen Movie Player
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Wide Screen Movie Player allows you to view your movies full screen and much more.   Shareware ($20.00)
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Wide Screen Movie Player allows you to play movies in wide screen, full screen and without useless borders. You can play your movies full screen and even more by removing useless black borders. It is 100% compatible with QuickTime.
What's New
Version 5.0:
  • A full recompilation has been made to be compatible with Lion.
  • A full recompilation has been made again as Universal Binary to keep being compatible with both old (PowerPC) Macs and recent (Intel) Macs.
  • Minor bugs have been corrected.
  • A Finnish localization has been released.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.1.5 or later



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Wide Screen Movie... User Discussion (Write a Review)
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gabrielep reviewed on 09 Aug 2007
I found this tiny software kind of useful when you have very high res displays like i do. I have an Hi-Res 17" MacBook Pro and a 30" Dell Ultrasharp display and I use them both at the highest resolution. This sometimes causes problems when I watch low-res movies like standard 640x480 letterboxed MPEG4 that don't perform very well when viewed at full screen.
With Wide Screen Movie Player you can easily set the size of the player while keeping a nice black background that doesn't disturb your eyes.

For what I have seen the application basically creates a black windows that embeds a quicktime player that you can resize inside the container using keybord shortcuts or the menu bar. the window can be set at full screen hiding the dock and the menubar. stretching the embedded qt player have a slightly different behaviour than switching quicktime to full screen mode and i found it better. the problems arise when you try to zoom the actual content. that is pretty useless since the videos become unwatchable and out-of-sync even on a 2.4 dual core macbook pro.

the licence is definetly too expensive for what you get
[Version 2.4]


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Barry Ward commented on 09 Aug 2007
For anyone not aware, the latest build of Quicktime now has various fullscreen options, including zooming in enough to remove the black bars, which renders this player superfluous.
[Version 2.4]


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arglborps commented on 08 Aug 2007
Since the last QuickTime update you can play video in full-screen without a QT pro license.
[Version 2.4]


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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Mar 2005
It lets you fast forward in full screen much better then quicktime for watching recorded TV Shows. Quicktime in non-fullscreen mode only lets you fast forward 2x this does 4x. Not worth $20 though. It's more like 1 $10 software item.
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Mar 2004
Don't pay for this!
I suggest everyone who want to download this program to try also the free Xinema which will play a movie fullscreen, plus has all these keyboard shortcuts when watching the movie:
Space Pause/Resume
Esc Stop (exit fullscreen)
? Go 10 seconds forward
? Go 10 seconds back
? Go one minute forward
? Go one minute back
?? Fast forward (2x)
?? Fast forward (3x)
?? Rewind (2x)
?? Rewind (3x)
?L Toggle loop
?F Toggle fill screen
4 Go one frame back
6 Go one frame forward
J Jump to specific time
Page up Increase sound volume
Page down Decrease sound volume
Home Set sound volume to maximum
End Set sound volume to minimum
I suggest also trying the freewares VLC and MPlayer (my player of choice) which can open almost any type of movie and sound file and can be controlled with keyboard shortcuts while playing.
My message to the programer: If you release programs that offer less features or functionality than already existing freeware ones, don't make them shareware.
[Version 1.0]

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gabrielep replied on 09 Aug 2007
I found this tiny software kind of useful when you have very high res displays like i do. I have an Hi-Res 17" MacBook Pro and a 30" Dell Ultrasharp display and I use them both at the highest resolution. This sometimes causes problems when I watch low-res movies like standard 640x480 letterboxed MPEG4 that don't perform very well when viewed at full screen.
With Wide Screen Movie Player you can easily set the size of the player while keeping a nice black background that doesn't disturb your eyes.

For what I have seen the application basically creates a black windows that embeds a quicktime player that you can resize inside the container using keybord shortcuts or the menu bar. the window can be set at full screen hiding the dock and the menubar. stretching the embedded qt player have a slightly different behaviour than switching quicktime to full screen mode and i found it better. the problems arise when you try to zoom the actual content. that is pretty useless since the videos become unwatchable and out-of-sync even on a 2.4 dual core macbook pro.

the licence is definetly too expensive for what you get
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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Nov 2003
This program simply allows you to zoom in the video to get rid of the black bars on a widescreen movie, any other "features" it brags about are useless. This is NOT worth the money whatsoever. There is no point in even downloading it unless you can't stand the black bars. Then there is the fact that just zooming in on a movie doesn't really work. Since you are just getting the center of the wide view, you miss things that happen when the camera is not pointed directly at them, which is fixed when the movie companies convert a film, since they select the most important part of the frame and zoom in on that. If we watched all movies in just cropped 4:3, we would have a very interesting time dealing with half-faces and strange parts missing. If you just want to play a movie full screen then download VLC, MPlayer or any other alternative, if you really like quicktime and want to play a movie full screen the compile this code in Script Editor and run it as an application when you have a movie open in Quicktime.

tell application "QuickTime Player"
activate
present movie
end tell


Save it as an application and then simply run it with any movie open in Quicktime. Its that simple.
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:12,827
Version Downloads:6
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Shareware
Date:09 Nov 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $20.00
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Wide Screen Movie Player allows you to play movies in wide screen, full screen and without useless borders. You can play your movies full screen and even more by removing useless black borders. It is 100% compatible with QuickTime.


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