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Newbee question about widescreen ????

05-22-2005, 09:13 AM
I just purchased a Sam HLP 4663W. My question is that I rented a widescreen format movie and it had black bars top and bottom, is this normal ??? I thought that if I had a 16:9 aspect ratio T.V. that it was native widescreen and a widescreen movie would fill the screen.

My HD content uses the full screen so I don't think it is a settings issue.

ALSO... any recomendations on optimal video setting would be appreciated..

Keith B.

05-22-2005, 10:27 AM
Your rented video was wider screen then your TV. It's pretty common now a days. Other people's optimal settings won't work for you, even someone else with the same TV. Generally I use some sort of calibration DVD to set the black level and what not.

05-22-2005, 11:00 AM
Most movies are filmed within a range from 1.66 to 1.85. and are shown at a ratio of 1.76:1. (16:9).
(The perspective is usually printed on the DVD case, along with other film info. )
So these will generally fill your screen fully, with no black bars.
Director's perogative, some will film movies in a 2.35 or even 2.40 perspective, those will be slightly down-sized, with black bars top and bottom.

05-22-2005, 11:51 AM
You should use the 720p format from your sources, since that is the native res of your TV.

Many movies are short with an aspect wider than 16:9... Cinemascope is 22:9 for example... anytime the aspect of the image doesn't match the aspect of the display, there will be unused screen ('black bars').

05-23-2005, 02:12 PM
I too am a newbie. I had a similar issue at first. I discovered I needed to go into setup on my DVD player and tell it I had a widescreen TV. That fixed my problem.