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Old 09-25-2009, 08:17 PM   #1  
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Finally bought my first HDTV, the Panasonic TC-P58V10. Looking to watch some full screen content in-between running break-in slides.

Question is, the Dark Knight is properly viewed on a 16:9 set with black bars on top and bottom? For the Panasonic, the "Full" setting is the only that allows all content to the left and right to be seen, and with this setting there are black bars on top and bottom. Even choosing the "Full" setting, which does fill in more upper and lower areas of the screen, though at the cost of losing content to the left and right still has some black bars at the top and bottom.

Am I missing a setting or something? Maybe a setting with my Panasonic BR player, haven't checked that yet.


Edit: OK, I did find that I didn't change the BR player from 4:3 to 16:9, and making that change does make it a full screen at the normal setting of "Full". However, I noticed around the 6.5 minute mark that it switched to having black bars at the top and bottom even though the setting is still at "Full", and later on it switched back to no bars, and back to bars again even later. Is this just normal for this movie?

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Old 09-25-2009, 11:48 PM   #2  
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This movie actually has two different aspect ratios during the course of the movie because they included IMAX scenes that are closer to the physical 16:9/1.85:1 aspect ration to remove the black bars during those IMAX scenes, like when he is walking towards the camera and the building blows up if i remember correctly.

So on this particular movie and using the FULL screen mode you are seeing exactly what you are supposed to see.

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So it is normal for this particular movie. Thanks a lot for the explanation.

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Soon I'll be putting in surround sound (Onkyo HT-S7100). Front left & right will go on the lower shelves where the figurines are, with the center going in the center opening of the pedestal just below the TV. The glass comes out and there is a fabric piece you can put in it's place to allow sound to flow through.
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I think you should always have your aspect ratio set to full, as that should display exactly what is "supposed" to be displayed. The aspect ratio of film is not 16x9, so if you watch any film in it's original aspec ratio (wide screen), there will always be "bars" on the top & bottom. Many releases come out in both wide screen, and full screen as peoples tastes are different.

At least this is my understanding...
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I think you should always have your aspect ratio set to full, as that should display exactly what is "supposed" to be displayed. The aspect ratio of film is not 16x9, so if you watch any film in it's original aspec ratio (wide screen), there will always be "bars" on the top & bottom. Many releases come out in both wide screen, and full screen as peoples tastes are different.

At least this is my understanding...
That is for DVD. For BD they use the original aspect ratio. No fullscreen version
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So it is normal for this particular movie. Thanks a lot for the explanation.

Attached image of the setup (with red break-in image onscreen )

Soon I'll be putting in surround sound (Onkyo HT-S7100). Front left & right will go on the lower shelves where the figurines are, with the center going in the center opening of the pedestal just below the TV. The glass comes out and there is a fabric piece you can put in it's place to allow sound to flow through.
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Thanks for the comment, I'm kind of liking it myself
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