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HELP !!! 4:3 display problem...

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jasonte, Jul 18, 2001.

  1. jasonte

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    ok .. I have a Yamaha DVDS510 and a TOSHIBA 2163DB tv which isn't widescreen but 4:3.. I have entered 4:3 panscan on the DVD setup menu but the output stays in widescreen/letterbox format for all DVD's . Is there a way to get round this ? can i get my output "stretched" to cover the full screen. any help/advice would be appreciated, thanx..
     
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    Your 4:3 Pan&Scan "mode" on your DVD player is there to take advantage of a code that can be added to a DVD to instruct the player how to pan&scan a wider image.

    Unfortunately for you, hardly any DVDs have this code. The only ones I know of are the Stargate SG1 TV series.

    But I must ask a question.....

    If a film was originally shot in a widescreen ratio.....

    Do you REALLY want to stretch and distort the image just so it will fill your screen?

    Or would you rather have DVDs that are made fullscreen pan&scan - so that you miss out on the left and right sides of the picture?

    I know it isn't just me; I would find either of these alternatives (there aren't any more, I'm afraid) totally unacceptable.
     
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    For 4:3 Pan & Scam mode to work the disc must be anamorphic widescreen and have pan &scam flags encoded on to the disc.

    Most discs don't include the pan & scam flags because, they use a lot of disc space and can decrease picture quality as their is less space for the movie.

    All the discs which have Pan & Scam flags do not actually pan & scam instead they just crop the picture to the center of the widescreen image, this means you end up with a totally misframed picture and the people and action go off screen a lot of the time.
     
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    Jasonte,

    Does your Toshiba 4:3 TV have a 16:9 mode, I know mine does??

    Then you code set your DVD player to widescreen and the 4:3 TV will automatically flick to anamorphic widescreen to view the DVD.

    However, you still have black bars at the top and bottom, but the picutr quality is improved dramatically.

    HTH,

    Stephen.
     

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