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Recording 16:9 Format

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by thejudge, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. thejudge

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    I've used my new pioneer DVR-220S to back up recording off my Sky+ Box without any hassle whatsoever but i have noticed a problem.

    It appears that the recordings are in 4:3 format and not 16:9!

    My recorder AV in is set to 16:9 and so is my Sky+ box. I wouldn't have noticed but i played the DVD-R on my computer and the Nero Disc speed program recognized it as 4:3 and PowerDVD did as well.

    Is there any way around this?
     
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    Are you sure the original programmes were transmitted in widescreen ?

    If they were 16:9, it's likely that the DVD recorder simply hasn't set the 16:9 flag on the .IFO file of the DVD.

    I know the Panasonics don't do this properly on recordings to DVD-R while DVD-RAM is recorded with the correct flag.
    Not sure if that applies to your machine.

    It's also possible that if you recorded using the VCR output of Sky+ there could be no widescreen switching information on this scart.

    This can be fixed using a programme called IFOEdit, which allows manual setting of the widescreen flag, but would require re-burning of another DVD-R on your PC.
     
  3. thejudge

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    One of the programs was "one hour photo" recorded from sky movies which i'm pretty sure was in widescreen format.

    I don't use the VCR scart output i use the AV output so the movie should have recorded in 16:9
     
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    The recorder will record what is output to it, and all its recordings are actually in 4:3 either normal 4:3,or squashed horizontally, which is how widescreen is transmitted.
    If the widescreen flag is not recorded to the -r, and panasonics don't do this, you have to manually set the tv to widescreen mode to see the picture correctly if the original was in widescreen.
     
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    I agree. All machines record what they see, but most only record the WSS (widscreen switching signal) to HDD or DVD-RAM. You lose the WSS signal after finalising a DVD-R which means than your TV (or PC in this case) won't autoswitch to 16:9 aspect.
     

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