I don't know the word "unmatted", but I've been using MPlayer a lot and its manual says:
Crops the given part of the image and discards the rest. Useful
to remove black bands from widescreen movies.
Black bars are not exciting per se, but they can be an indication that the movie has been downloaded/recorded directly and not reencoded/modified. When looking at your comparison, the colors of ghost's version look a bit too warm, but it can be a problem of my monitor also.
[REL] Ferien mit Silvester (1992)
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Re: [REL] Ferien mit Silvester (1992)
I have to admit you are right in all your points.
1) In editing a video, removing ANY part of the video image is to "crop" it. Even those now-useless black bars. I use that filter in my software too!
2) The original encode can be very useful for the reason you stated. I wish I could crop off black bars WITHOUT recoding it. I can't figure out exactly why video software can not copy 1:1 within a specific x-y-z region just the same as it can can copy 1:1 within a specific time frame. I can chop off the beginning and end of a video without recoding the remaining portion, why not the top and the bottom? Grrrr.
3) I don't think there is a problem with your monitor. The original looks rather drab and grey to me, and the 720p has the colors boosted. In some scenes it looks boosted a little bit too much with a yellow glow. But considering this is a child's summer adventure and not an angst-ridden depressing psychological drama, I was willing to forgive that. It just has a nostalgic summery glow.
I was probably interpreting it in terms of what interests me: an alternate aspect ratio version, if it is available.
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