Videos won't play properly anymore --all are extreme closeup

February 28, 2014 at 16:17:26
Specs: Windows 7, don't know
Today, when I play any video with Media Player, everything is in 'extreme' close-up ... if I play anything on youtube, same thing. I have no idea why; how do I put it back to normal?

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#1
February 28, 2014 at 21:24:10
Check the settings for your player and see if a zoom feature is enabled.

Also, it might be the monitor screen resolution. Has that been changed?


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#2
February 28, 2014 at 21:41:07
I'll check - thanks ... it's really wierd and never happened before ... any video I try to play from media player or youtube is like super-close-up ...and the screen is just mostly the person's nose lol - it fills the screen ...

Where do I click/check to see if it is zoomed-in? Sorry but I'm not sure...
K

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#3
February 28, 2014 at 23:44:47
I don't use windows media player so I can't say for sure. This might help:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6931119_zoo...

If it's not WMP, what are you using to view them?

As far as the youtube videos, if you're viewing them with IE there is a zoom feature. With an IE page open (on my old IE8) it's just above the windows taskbar on the bottom of the screen. I imagine other browsers have similar abilities.

However, the browser zoom would affect all pages, not just youtube, so that might not be the problem. And as I mentioned above, it may be a video setting too.

If you can't get it figured out and others don't post in with a solution you might check to see if you have a restore point from just before the problem started. If so you can restore to that date and likely fix the problem as I'm sure it's a setting somewhere.


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#4
March 1, 2014 at 01:54:10
The videos I have (mostly music videos/concerts) are played using Windows Media Player ... had it for years and always fine until now ... ran my antivirus but no change ... and I don't understand why, if I try to watch something on youtube, it does the same thing ... any time something goes wrong I assume it's a virus but in this case I really am clueless and have no idea why ...
Thank you for answering, and your advice though:) I appreciate it.
K

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#5
March 1, 2014 at 12:52:36
Very much doubt it is a virus.

Do the desktop and webpages look normal?

If you play saved videos offline are they the same?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
March 1, 2014 at 13:04:57
I just had a look at Media player & can't see any settings for zoom.

Try installing vlc http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#7
March 1, 2014 at 14:05:27
I downloaded VLC Media Player and I can see my videos normally with it... still I'd like to know what happened to mess up my usual media player etc. and how to fix it ... first time something has gone wrong and I don't know how to fix it lol...
Derek, everything is completely normal except for media player and attempts to watch youtube.... wierd, yes.
Thank you all for answering me; I appreciate it:)
K

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#8
March 1, 2014 at 14:09:50
Oh, and I did try system restore, but it won't work either ... tried a couple of different 'points' and it goes through the procedure then gives me an error msg ... and I did disable my avg while trying ... sigh... wtvr is wrong, it's beyond me lol
once again, thank you for your replies...
K

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#9
March 1, 2014 at 14:30:13
Try this:
For a saved video, open media player and start a video. Right click anywhere on the video screen and make sure "Fit Video to Player" is selected. If necessary you can right click the video again and select "Video Size", which gives options.

Not sure if this will fix online YouTube videos but it might.

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#10
March 1, 2014 at 21:49:52
If the other recommendations don't work and you still can't get system restore to work, try it from safe mode or even command prompt:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449


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#11
March 7, 2014 at 17:20:48
thanks to all for responding

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#12
March 7, 2014 at 18:18:06
Are you sorted out now? If so choose a Best Answer and it will mark this thread as closed.

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#13
March 7, 2014 at 19:02:37
Well, no it isn't sorted out, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I appreciated your suggestions, that's all ... this site is the best one to get help imo...

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#14
March 8, 2014 at 09:16:57
Probably too hopeful but worth a look:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6931119_zoo...

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#15
March 13, 2014 at 19:08:41
So, in spite of your advice and suggestions, my problem still hasn't been solved:(
Now I am wondering if there is a media player (free) that I can download that will do everything Windows Media Player does ... aside from playing everything clearly lol, I'd like to be able to import all my media files, see them easily, and make playlists that I can pull up in an instant - also when I click on a youtube video or any video I want to be able to actually see it ...basically, since my Windows Media Player is messed up, I want another player that does the same thing ...
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Karen

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#16
March 13, 2014 at 21:16:37
You mentioned above you had downloaded VLC and it seemed to work OK. You might consider using that.

I googled "windows media player" alternative and this was one of the hits:

http://www.shoutmeloud.com/best-win...


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#17
March 14, 2014 at 14:24:59
If you try VLC or any other media player, let us know how you get on - in particular what happens online using YouTube as I'm not too sure it would fix that issue.

This issue you've described at the outset is unusual and probably tricky to sort out without seeing the computer and having hands-on access.

I asked two questions in #5. The answers might help us diagnose this issue.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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