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16.9 why?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by neal666, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. neal666

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    i have just got my pw7 plasma and when playing some dvds why even though its 16.9 do i still get black bars top and bottom on some films e.g badboys 2 - black hawk down ?

    any idea?+
     
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    Because 16:9 is a TV standard, not a movie standard. There are lots of different "widescreen" standards for movies.
     
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    On DVD's they differ from the cinema view by either being cropped at the sides,something called pan and scan where it's edited to choose the best part of the screen or true widescreen picture where you will have bars at top and bottom.

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    The ratio of a widescreen(16:9) televsion is 1.7777:1,ie 1.78:1.Any film with a ratio greater than that,ie 'The Great Escape' 2.35:1,will be displayed with bars at the top and bottom.Any film with a ratio less than 1.78:1 will be displayed with bars at the left/right sides.
     
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    yeah, watching a 2.35:1 DVD on a 16:9 tv gives you black bars in just the same way as if u were watching a 16:9 DVD on a conventional 4:3 tv. Obviously watching a 16:9 DVD on your plasma will fill the screen.
     
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    Standaaaariiiiisaaaaation.

    Here's a wize lesson.
    Don't watch darts and this forum at the same time. :hiya:
     
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    These days more and more DVDs are offering anamorphic 1.78:1.

    If thats what is best then you should only buy those DVDs.

    Personally I usually stretch the picture (if it has the borders) a little to make the borders smaller, even if it makes the actors look "thin"!.
    Hopefully Blu Ray and HD DVD will offer an option! Immagine if we could choose between anamorphic and something else!
     
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    Personally I prefer watching films as they were intended, without distorting the picture, and without losing any part of the picture. When I first got a dvd player and only has a 21" crt set I often zoomed the picture out on 16:9 OR 21:9 movies. Over time I began to aapreciate th point of having the borders. Now I have a widescreen set I have no problem watching programmes in any format, as long as it was the one intended.
     
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    yes, the black bars annoyed me when I had a 32" tv, but the bigger screens (now have 42" plasma) you appreciate the picture more (i.e. I dont zoom at all).
     
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    That's the beauty of a projector - you still get black bars, but on a 95" screen, who cares ? :thumbsup:
     
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    Only if you're talking about TV DVD's and only if the show was filmed in that ratio.
     

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