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Old 12-17-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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Im to this forum and to the PS3, and just yesterday I watched my first two Blu-ray movies on my PS3. The problem I have is the aspect ratio settings on the PS3 seem wrong and Im not sure where to change them.

So typically when I watch a movie on let say my xbox360, or over on cable box. I have my TV's AR set to 1:1 or Aspect(meaning what the source sends it out as), well when I played my blu-rays my TV was receiving an AR of 2.40:1 but I like watching my movies in 16:9. So as a result to 2.40:1 i get black bars on top and bottom and the only way to view in full screen is to zoom with my tv, but that doesn't work well because i lose image quality.

So where do I tell PS3 to use 16:9 AR with my blu-ray movies? Oh and on the back of the movie it says that its recorded in 16:9 AND 2.40:1

Anyone have a solution to my issue, i would appreciate it. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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I don't believe you'll find a setting that will do this. Unless the Disc has an Anamorphic setting, you will see the black bars.

do a forum search on this, as others have answered this question many times in greater detail elsewhere.
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I didn't think so, i did a search but nobody had the correct answer to this....
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The correct answer is that you CANNOT change the aspect ratio of what is encoded on the disc which in this case is 2.40:1. You CAN manipulate this by zooming but will lose PQ and cut off the sides of the movie. I do not recommend this.

The reason why SOME movies do not have the black bars at the top/bottom is that they are encoded at 1.85:1 which is almost 16:9, so the bars are very tiny or the overscan of the display cuts the tiny black bars off.

Look at the back of the cases of these movies to confirm what the aspect ratios are to show what I am stating.
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so the best way to remove the bars (i think) is to buy a new tv that will support 2.40:1...right??

But what HDTV's support that???

Yes i know...google search
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I'm sorry I really can not believe in the year 2007 almost 2008 this question is still being asked??? all HDTV's are an aspect ratio of 178:1 that's it this is because all TV shows in HD are shot at 178:1 very few movies are shot in this aspect ratio and if your TV does not overscan you will pretty much see even the slightest black bars on the top and the bottom of the film. From 185:1-240:1 you will see black bars. On 178:1 you will see no black bars. If yor TV over scans (not a good thing) you will see no black bars on a 185:1 aspect ratio... I just do not understand how people can spend money on an HDTV be interested in watching movies in hidef and then not want to watch the movie in the aspect ratio it was intended to be seen... You know movie screens are not all one size so therefore the movies displayed on your TV can not be either... Some movies filmed with wider shots are a neccesity...this is usually the case with action movies...where as comedies are usually shot with a less wide shot...
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so the best way to remove the bars (i think) is to buy a new tv that will support 2.40:1...right??

But what HDTV's support that???

Yes i know...google search
There is ZERO 2.40:1 HDTVs or displays out there, and probably never will be because the HDTV "standard" is 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

Trust me. You WILL sooner or later come to appreciate seeing the movie in it's OAR (Original Aspect Ratio). I didn't like it initially way back when DVD first came out, but it quickly grew on me having bars even on my SDTV, and I couldn't stand the "Full Screen" versions of SD DVDs after that even on a "full Screen" (4:3) SDTV.

Why screw around with the actual picture quality or chop off the sides?
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I've had this same question many many times and it doesnt make any sense to me. If I download blu-ray movies (legally of course) I can stretch them to fit the screen if they are in this obnoxious 2.4:1 ratio using my computers video players. It seems like the TVs themselves and the blu ray players such as PS3 do not have this capability though. I understand that the director wants it to look a certain way and blah blah blah, but the bottom line is, you have millions of people who all bought TV's set up the SAME way, and a majority of the blu-rays are cutting off 20-30% of the screen with black bars! You all seem to be more concerned with watching the movie as it was originally intended, which is fine and dandy, but for me, when I buy a 50 inch TV for a couple thousand dollars, the movies on it damn well better fill up the whole 50 inches. I really can't imagine it would be that difficult for the blu-ray industry to set up a universal size that would be the same for all TV's. I'll take a zoomed in movie or slightly cut off sides any day before I lose a third of my screen to black bars. At least provide the option to the consumer. Ugh.
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I've had this same question many many times and it doesnt make any sense to me. If I download blu-ray movies (legally of course) I can stretch them to fit the screen if they are in this obnoxious 2.4:1 ratio using my computers video players. It seems like the TVs themselves and the blu ray players such as PS3 do not have this capability though. I understand that the director wants it to look a certain way and blah blah blah, but the bottom line is, you have millions of people who all bought TV's set up the SAME way, and a majority of the blu-rays are cutting off 20-30% of the screen with black bars! You all seem to be more concerned with watching the movie as it was originally intended, which is fine and dandy, but for me, when I buy a 50 inch TV for a couple thousand dollars, the movies on it damn well better fill up the whole 50 inches. I really can't imagine it would be that difficult for the blu-ray industry to set up a universal size that would be the same for all TV's. I'll take a zoomed in movie or slightly cut off sides any day before I lose a third of my screen to black bars. At least provide the option to the consumer. Ugh.
Pure rubbish and blasphemy. If a film was made in 2.40:1 then I want to see it on my screen in 2.40:1. Your HDTV should be on one setting, which is usually referred to as be original, native, or dot by dot. Stretch and zoom should be avoided at all costs. If you hate black bars that much then I suggest you only buy TV shows that are in 1.78:1 and films that are in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1.
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