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Newbie Question with respect to picture

Rezadue
01-28-2005, 12:14 PM
Hi,

I have recently purchased a 42" Sony LCD rear projection. This is my first 16:9 TV set. When I purchased this TV I expected that the 16:9 format DVDs I had to fill or nearly fill (depending on whether the DVD was 1.85:1 or 2.35:1) when the TV was not in any of the stretch/zoom modes.

But I find that even though the picture is displaying in a rectangular shape, the width of the rectangle is smaller than the width of the TV screen AND the height of the rectangle is smaller than the height of the TV.

Can someone please explain why this is? Should the picture not fill the screen at least horizontally? What gives????

Thanks,

ja2935
01-28-2005, 01:45 PM
If you haven't already done so you will need to set your DVD player to 16:9. Anamorphic (Enhanced for widescreen TVs) DVDs should then display correctly - also set the player for progressive output. You will also need to select the correct TV picture mode (which on Toshiba sets is called Full)

slowmo
01-28-2005, 01:51 PM
Assuming you’re using anamorphic (or enhanced for 16:9) DVD’s, you should not have side bars. For 1.85, the screen should be filled completely. For 2.35, 2.20, etc., you’ll see the top/bottom bars only.

If you have side bars, either the DVD is not anamorphic (I’ve yet to buy a widescreen DVD that wasn’t but they do exist) or your DVD player or monitor are setup incorrectly as noted above.

Once you get that fixed, you should go to thedigitalbits.com and click on the “The Ultimate Guide to Anamorphic Widescreen DVD for Everyone” in left hand corner. Great discussion with great visual examples.

After reading, you’ll probably prefer 2.35 movies and cuss HBO everytime they crop a 2.35 movie (like Master & Commander) into a 1.85 version just so their audience won’t gripe about the top/bottom bars.

elicross
01-28-2005, 01:55 PM
Hi,

I have recently purchased a 42" Sony LCD rear projection. This is my first 16:9 TV set. When I purchased this TV I expected that the 16:9 format DVDs I had to fill or nearly fill (depending on whether the DVD was 1.85:1 or 2.35:1) when the TV was not in any of the stretch/zoom modes.

You were misinformed. "Normal" mode is only for 4:3 TV. If you play a widescreen DVD, it will sometimes switch automatically to "Full" mode (at least some of them do on my Sony HDTV), filling up the full width of the TV with the film. For most movies there will still be black bars on the top and bottom, the size of which depends on the specific aspect ratio of the film. Whenever you play a new DVD you should probably hit the "wide" button a few times to find the zoom level that works best for you.

Only certain widescreen DVDs (usually the ones that are of widescreen TV shows like West Wing or 24) will fill up the entire screen when it's on "Full" mode.

loadams
02-01-2005, 07:25 PM
Can someone please explain why this is? Should the picture not fill the screen at least horizontally? What gives????


Get out the tape measure.
Put in a 235:1 flick.
Measure width and height. ( include fractions)
Only measure the visible frame.
Divide the width by the height. (include decimals)
Should be in the neighborhood of 2.35
Possibly your dvd player is pixel-cropping, some players range from 5 to 25 pixels.
Good luck.

elicross
02-02-2005, 12:22 PM
Can someone please explain why this is? Should the picture not fill the screen at least horizontally? What gives????


Are you saying that even on "full" zoom mode, your DVDs don't fill the screen horizontally? If it doesn't, then you should talk to the Sony service center because that is what "full" mode is all about.

If the picture does fill the screen on "full", but everything looks stretched, then...

Here's a question: Have you changed the settings on your DVD player to output a 16:9 picture?