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1024x1024 pixels on a 16:9 display: how do you manage to do that?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by goliath23, May 26, 2003.

  1. goliath23

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    Hi all,

    I currently run my PC on a Plasma screen with a resolution of 852x480 pixels, which is an exact 16:9 aspect ratio (square pixels).

    Now I want to upgrade to a new Plasma dispaly that has a resolution of 1024x1024 of 1024x768, but is still 16:9.

    I assume that movies played on my PC with these settings will look stretched because the PC does not "know" that the pixels are not square but rectangular.

    Is there a software where I can output a 1024x1024 or 1024x786 picture in 16:9 mode, basically telling the graphic card that the pixels on my display will have a format of 16:9 (1024x1024) or 4:3 (1024x768)?
     
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    I assume you are talking about ALIS panels when you say 1024X1024, do a search on this forum and you'll find all the info you need on this technology
     
  3. goliath23

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    I know the ALIS technology, but that is not the problem.

    The problem is that todays 42/43" High Definition Plasma screens do not have square pixels (no matter what technology or brand) and the computer graphics card will not "know" that fact.

    Example: A computer display with 1024x768 pixels will usually have a 4:3 aspect ratio (square pixels) and a 1024x768 Plasma display will habe a 16:9 aspect ratio (rectangular pixels) and therefore my graphics card will add black bars to the bottom and top instead of displaying the whole picture over the full screen.

    The picture will look stretched like displaying any 4:3 picture on a 16:9 screen.

    That's why I' m looking for a software to teach my graphics card not to stretch the picture.

    I could also go for a 50" plasma screen, they usually have square pixels like the low resolution 42/43" models - the Panasonic 50" for example has 1366x768 pixels which is exactly what I would need - but unfortunately can't afford at the moment.:mad:
     
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    It's the DVD player software that you need to know aspect ratios, not your graphics card. Does the well regarded TheaterTek player do this? http://www.theatertek.com/

    If not, you may have to buy a screen with square pixels -- i.e. 1366x768 resolution -- or stick with 852x480.

    1280x768 isn't too far off square and may not be that noticeable for DVD playback via PC, certainly much better than 1024x768. 1024x1024 on 16:9 screen is just plain wrong, what kind of shape are those pixels?

    Square pixels was one of the reasons I went for Panny5 50" screen.

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    I use the TheatreTek software on my PIO MXE433. The rectangular shaped pixels do need to be adjusted for in whatever DVD player you are using. The TheatreTek has lots of aspect ratio functionality, so you can just set up some custom ones for different aspect ratios, no problem at all.

    With Games, via DVI from the PC, you can either use the screens inbuilt 4:3 mode or simply play with a squashed look. Whatever takes your fancy!

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