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Apple QuickTime Content Guide screws up the movie display window

I just downloaded a free episode of the Gatchaman original video animation (OVA). I've always loved Gatchaman as a child. When we were young, my brother and I watched the entire series of Gatchaman II on TV, except for the last few episodes because we immigrated over to the United States.

The free OVA is distributed in QuickTime format. So I loaded up the free Apple QuickTime Player (version 7.0.3) that is installed on my Windows XP system. At first, I thought the Content Guide (see picture below) that gets automatically loaded is naggy and distracting, but I will soon find out that it's more sinister than that.

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Chieh Cheng
Sun, 29 Jan 2006 12:44:25 -0800

After dragging the Gatchman video into the Apple QuickTime player, I noticed that the video started at the end. That's an easy fix; I simply jumped to the beginning of the file with the controls at the bottom of the player. But the player window didn't resize to the video at all (see picture below). No matter if I tried to view the video at half size, normal size, or double size, the video and window will stay at the same aspect ratio. Even dragging the window edges to resize didn't work.

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Chieh Cheng
Sun, 29 Jan 2006 12:55:56 -0800

The only fix I found that works is to disable the Content Guide on startup. That's even better in my opinion, because it kills two birds with one stone. To disable the Content Guide, click on the "Edit" menu, click on "Preference", and then click on "Player Preferences…" The QuickTime Player Preferences dialog box will pop-up, as shown in the picture below. Uncheck the "Show Content Guide at startup" checkbox and then click "OK".

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Chieh Cheng
Sun, 29 Jan 2006 12:56:30 -0800

Finally quit the player and restart. Now the window is fixed (see picture below).

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Chieh Cheng
Sun, 29 Jan 2006 12:56:56 -0800

You have to disable the content guide EVERYTIME you update quicktime, so don't update unless you really need to.
I have yet to find a fix...

Mornsta
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 12:58:00 +0000

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