Profiles and Quality Annoyance


Sonarr version (exact version):
Mono version (if Sonarr is not running on Windows): 5.16.0
OS: Docker
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Description of issue:

So I appreciate Sonarr and Radarr download files utilising file format noted in the file name and not actually based upon the video’s actual dimensions. But its annoying as hell that even though I have both programs set to only download 1080p format but almost every file, even though it has 1080p in its name, is some weird format.

For example one “1080p” video I downloaded was 1920 x 1038. Another “1080p” file was 1920x816. Another 1920x800.

My cut offs are always Blueray with quality set at 8GB/12.44GB and 17.57GB/27.33GB.

Its annoying as. Any way to stop it doing this? 1080p is 1920x1080, not 1920x1038, 1920x816, or 1920x800.


The videos are cropped, cos they are movies and they not all of them have 16:9 aspect ratio.
all those pixels you are ‘missing’, are just black bars.
it has nothing to do with sonarr/radarr. Those are also 1080p files.
if you want 1920x1080, than download remuxes, the frames are all 1080 pixel tall. enjoy your black pixels


I have numerous 1920x1080 files and they do not have black bars when viewed on a display.


Yeah… thats why they are 1080 tall.
Every video can have different aspect ratio.
Movies can be 2.35:1. Which means it has black bars on a 1080 bluray. In case of reencodes, they are cropped.
You don’t lose pixels.
If a movie is 16:9 (98% of series are 16:9), it won’t have black bar. Nothing can be cropped, that’s why its 1080 tall.
It has nothing to do with sonarr/radarr


So let me go out on a limb. Your saying that a 1080p video is 1080p tall? So the “1080p” videos i have downloaded which are 800 or 816 pixels high are…im thinking if you crop something that was 1080p its no longer going to be 1080p.


A 1080p screen is 1920x1080, a 720p screen is 1280x720 and a 480p screen is 640x480. Who knows why, but way way back they decided to call it by the vertical resolution and it stuck. But you’ve probably noticed that virtually all movies do not fill a 16x9 screen because they’re made for the movie theater which has a crazy wide screen, 2.35:1 or a few others like @LSL1337 points out.

Poke around on Google and you can find some good explainations.


Sorry, i was being facitious. I know how the diferent formats work. My point was that a 1080p file is 1080 pixels high, not the 800, 813 or any other weird height i receive. A file labelled 1080p but actually 813 isnt 1080p. It might be 1920 wide but its still not 1080p. I only want 1080p files. If the answer is to obtain remux then thats fine, the size doesnt concern me. I have numerous remux movies in the 25-30gb range; entirely acceptable. The problem is relying on the label. I have a file labelled 1080p but its actually 640x480. Thats pointless.


Anything with the width of a 1080p resolution (the 1920 from 1920x1080) is considered 1080p because the pixels removed (or possibly never there) were black. I’m not sure how you’ve used video for the past 10-20 years w/o noticing this. For TV that is virtually always 16:9, video files would be 1920x1080. But it isn’t always. For movies though, almost none of them will be the full 1080 high, but they are 1920 wide and that is 1080p.

Your 640x480 example is 480p. You won’t find a 1080p video w/ those dimensions because it literally isn’t. But they will be 1920x800 or 1920x700 or 1920x900 or who knows what because movies are filmed in a wide variety of aspect ratios.

I think you need to do more reading, some time on Google can probably explain it better.

Good luck.

Edit: Unless you really did end up w/ a 640x480 file labeled 1080p, in which case that’d be spam or a very badly labeled release.


1080p resolution isnt width (horizontal), Its height (vertical). ie, 1920 wide by 1080 high. Check out the ATSIC standards.

The movie 300. File name “300 2006 Blueray TrueHD x264-SHMO” video dimensions are 720x480. Its clearly not 1080p nor TrueHD.


We all get it. It is obvious that the “1080p” comes from the 1080 in 1920x1080 and is the vertical resolutions. But what you don’t seem to understand is that it effectively does not because it isn’t. Anything with a horizontal resolution of 1920 is 1080p. Anything 1280 is 720p. Anything 640 is 480p. This is just how it is and how it always has been.

I don’t know how you keep coming up with such terrible examples. Your example literally doesn’t have resolution in the name, so it isn’t even pretending to be anything. And “TrueHD” is audio, not video. A resolution of 720x480 is also super dumb. What is it even? It isn’t “480p”. Honestly, it sounds like who ever encoded it mixed something up.


Sorry. I missed type. Its "300 2006 Blueray 1080p TrueHD x264-SHMO

This type of labelling is normal.


Is it 300.2006.Bluray.1080p.TrueHD.x264-SHMO, 22G? I was going to try and download the same thing you did and see what the actual resolution is… but I’m only going to do that if you can’t show me mediainfo output instead of just Windows properties. I’d be floored if that 22G release is 720x480, I think Windows is lying to you.

I mean, come on… the video length is 30 minutes. Didn’t anything in there set off alarm bells?


300.2006.Bluray.1080p.TrueHD.x264-SHMO.nzb GB

Plays fully for me. Mind you I scrubbed through it.


Sorry, I don’t disbelieve that it is a real video file. I disbelieve that Window’s is correctly describing the duration and resolution. Your screen shot claims 36 minutes and 720x480. Does that sound correct?

Yeah, your Windows properties window is not telling the truth. It was an upgrade for what I have, so I downloaded it. It is in fact 16:9 and 1920x1080.

Edit: And it includes the stupid black bars in the video, I think.


What I can tell you is when I open play the video with VLC its the full movie and its 720x480.

My point is that the video sizing being downloaded isnt consistently the sizing it reports to be. I am trying to refine my system so that I am getting the files I want. Not have the program download files multiple times as a result of manual intervention because the label doesn’t match the quality.

So my question remains. How do I resolve the issue of receiving files which are not the quality they are labelled as? Downloading a single file many times to obtain the format I want is a waste of data.


for starters i wouldn’t use the windows info for the info and stick to mediainfo,
looking at the mediainfo you pasted it seems a 1080p so it downloaded the correct one.
so you got a example where it doesn’t get a full hd rip ?

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