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When opening video files, sometimes the aspect ratio doesn't fit my TV and I see black bars either side:

How can I set the default aspect ratio to 16:9, so that I don't have to right-click and change each video's aspect ratio manually every time?

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I discussed this just a few weeks back here, but the question title would probably not make it show up while searching. –  Karan Jul 8 '13 at 0:47

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Open VLC, and go to Tools > Preferences.

  1. Choose Show settings > All.

  2. From the left pane, scroll down to the bottom and click Video.

  3. From the right pane, scroll down to Source aspect ratio; fill in 16:9.

  4. Hit Save:

The next time you open VLC, your videos will automatically have your chosen aspect ratio:

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