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How does wide screen work?

wanttv140
04-04-2011, 05:05 PM
This isnt really a Rear-Projection specific question, but I couldn't really figure out the right place to post this. So if there is a better spot feel free to redirect me.

Now this is something that really confuses me. Some things are in wide screen and some thing are in full screen. So, my understanding was always that if you have a full screen TV a lot of widescreen shows and movies would be either shrunk down to fit your TV or the edges would just be cut off and if you have a widescreen TV and you watch something that is full screen then the sides would just be black. But, now that I have a widescreen, that doesn't seem to be the case. So, if I'm watching something that is full screen on my widescreen, is it just stretching the picture or is it blowing up the picture and cutting off the top and the bottom?

mytime
04-04-2011, 05:10 PM
http://www.highdefforum.com/high-definition-lounge/29119-why-do-i-still-have-black-bars-widescreen-tv.html This thread will answer alot for you.

wanttv140
04-04-2011, 08:54 PM
Okay... I still don’t understand why there are bars at the top and bottom of my widescreen TV when I watch a widescreen movie. I use my PS3 to play movies and both online netflix and a DVD or Blu Ray do that. It doesn’t make any sense to me and there doesn’t seem to be any way to change it. I don’t have the original remote but i bought a universal remote and got into the menu but there was no setting to change it so I returned the remote. Hopefully I can find a remote that has a button the change it.
The way its set up now full screen movies take up the whole screen and widescreen movie are too small. That doesn’t make any sense. That defeats the purpose of buying a widescreen!
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mytime
04-04-2011, 09:00 PM
Okay... I still don’t understand why there are bars at the top and bottom of my widescreen TV when I watch a widescreen movie. I use my PS3 to play movies and both online netflix and a DVD or Blu Ray do that. It doesn’t make any sense to me and there doesn’t seem to be any way to change it. I don’t have the original remote but i bought a universal remote and got into the menu but there was no setting to change it so I returned the remote. Hopefully I can find a remote that has a button the change it.
The way its set up now full screen movies take up the whole screen and widescreen movie are too small. That doesn’t make any sense. That defeats the purpose of buying a widescreen!
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It come down to OAR. (original aspect ratio) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_%28image%29

wanttv140
04-04-2011, 10:34 PM
Okay, I have read all your recommended reading and I still feel like the dumb kid in an advanced honors math class. Let me describe my understanding and we’ll see if I get this. So basically, I go to Wall Mart, I pick up a movie, it says “widescreen” and what that means is that it will be displayed in the same dimensions as a movie played in a movie theater. However, movies in the movie theater are still wider then my widescreen TV, so that’s why there are black lines at the top and the bottom of my TV set. But, if I play a DVD that says “full screen” (I don’t think they even make then anymore) then it will fit my widescreen, I’ll loose a tiny bit of the sides, but not as much as I would if I were playing it on a non-widescreen TV. Whether its a widescreen or full screen DVD, you still loose a little bit of the picture on a old TV and gain some with a widescreen.

Did I get it right? Why don’t they just make widescreen TV’s wider so they are able to fit the whole picture without reducing the height? Why are widescreen movies so much more popular than full screen? Personally, I’d much rather lose a tiny bit of the picture then have those big black lines on the screen. I have a 30” TV and would like to use it to its maximum size.

I've notice somethings on TV and some of my video games have the black lines, though, they are not as big.

Sorry if I am asking dumb questions.

mytime
04-05-2011, 10:52 AM
Okay, I have read all your recommended reading and I still feel like the dumb kid in an advanced honors math class. Let me describe my understanding and we’ll see if I get this. So basically, I go to Wall Mart, I pick up a movie, it says “widescreen” and what that means is that it will be displayed in the same dimensions as a movie played in a movie theater. However, movies in the movie theater are still wider then my widescreen TV, so that’s why there are black lines at the top and the bottom of my TV set. But, if I play a DVD that says “full screen” (I don’t think they even make then anymore) then it will fit my widescreen, I’ll loose a tiny bit of the sides, but not as much as I would if I were playing it on a non-widescreen TV. Whether its a widescreen or full screen DVD, you still loose a little bit of the picture on a old TV and gain some with a widescreen.

Did I get it right? Why don’t they just make widescreen TV’s wider so they are able to fit the whole picture without reducing the height? Why are widescreen movies so much more popular than full screen? Personally, I’d much rather lose a tiny bit of the picture then have those big black lines on the screen. I have a 30” TV and would like to use it to its maximum size.

I've notice somethings on TV and some of my video games have the black lines, though, they are not as big.

Sorry if I am asking dumb questions.

Don't be sorry it's cool. Yeah basically the bars are there so you get the whole image. Lee Stewart would be able to explain OAR much better than me. You can zoom with your player most likely to fill the screen but you will lose part of the image.

Loves2Watch
04-05-2011, 04:48 PM
FYI there is no one set wide screen size. There are many so some movies will have thick black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, some will have thinner bars and some movies will have none at all.

wanttv140
04-06-2011, 04:53 PM
Hm. Well widescreen movies come in to small and full screen movies don't look right or just don't give you the whole picture... I guess the only logical solution is ti get the biggest screen possible and watch it in widescreen!

Loves2Watch
04-06-2011, 06:48 PM
Hm. Well widescreen movies come in to small and full screen movies don't look right or just don't give you the whole picture... I guess the only logical solution is ti get the biggest screen possible and watch it in widescreen!

Exactly...