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June 12, 2012
When using the screensaver casting pictures onto the TV screen or when casting and selecting pictures in albums using the Google Home device I have found that Chromecast seems to do some editing I would prefer not to do.
You instruct us to hold the camera horizontally for the best results. I agree, but Chromecast edits a lot of them into a narrow vertical picture with traces of the original on the sides. It also tends to crop some pictures so some essentials are left out, like the head and shoulders of some people, with the picture in Chromecast showing only from the waist down!
Is there anyway this can be avoided and the original picture shown?
Thank you very much.
I know what you’re talking about – but, when I see Chromecast showing me a vertical picture with some copied area to the left and right, it’s because I did, indeed, take a vertical photo and the Chromecast is getting creative to try to fill up the screen. Are you sure, the ones you see were actually taken horizontally?
As for heads getting cut off – I’m not sure, but my bet is that is related to the aspect ratio of your photo vs. the TV. For example, if you take a photo with an iPhone it will be in 4:3 ratio – just a little bit wider than it is tall. Your TV is likely a widescreen which is 16:9 ratio – almost twice as wide as it is tall. In order to display the photo full screen, it is necessary to crop the top and/or bottom to fit.
Check out this article/video: Crop pictures to fill wide screens
As for a Chromecast setting to change this behavior, I don’t know of one. If it does exist, I expect it will be like Picasa’s old print setting: Crop to Fit OR Shrink to Fit.
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