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Recording to DVD-R from Panasonic E100

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Timk, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. Timk

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    Hello

    I am new to this list and I have a fairly urgent problem. I've checked the forum for previous discussions on this matter, but haven't fully understood them, so I'm asking for clarification.

    I have a new E100 and haven't had a chance ot set it up yet. I will have to return it to the store next week if I don't wnat to keep it, and am alarmed that the manual states that recordings to DVD-R are in 4:3 aspect ratio. I took this to mean that if I record a widescreen film onto the hard drive and then copy it ot DVD it will play in a 4:3 ratio on my widescreen TV (i.e with borders on the sides). The discussions suggest that this is not what it means; that it WILL play in widescreen on my TV, but that it will somehow be distorted if someone wants to watch the DVD on an ordinary 4:3 TV. Is this right?

    I understand that for some reason the DVD-R doesn't pick up the widescreen 'flag', but since I don't know what that is this knowledge doesn't help me much. :rolleyes: If someone can explain it or point me to where I can find out, I'd appreciate it. But basically I just want to know if I will be able to watch widescreen films in widescreen from DVD-R recordings made from this unit.

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Tim
     
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    The answer to this is yes.
    If you provide the recorder with widescreen pictures, eg from Sky or Freeview, this is what you will get on playback.
    One problem, as I understand it, is that the DVD-R information files will not carry the widescreen flag and you may then have to manually switch your widescreen TV to WIDE.

    If the DVD-R is played back in a player set up for a 4:3 TV the pictures will display anamorphically squashed rather than letterboxed.
     
  3. Timk

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    Thanks very much. That eases my mind considerably. :thumbsup:

    One point of clarification: does anything depend upon the TV which is displaying the picture from the DVD-R? That is, if the dvd player itself is set to display widescreen will the content be watchable on any standard 4:3 TV screen or only on a widescreen TV? (I have a widescreen TV, btw, I'm just wondering if my friend will be able to view my recordings on her 4:3 TV)

    Thanks again

    Tim
     
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    Have a look at the topic '16:9 Simple Question' on this very forum....

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155368

    You have to realise that a 16:9 programme is merely a 'squashed 4:3' programme. It contains no extra resolution or pixels. They are pretty much the same bar teh fact a 16:9 programme carries a 'ws flag' to tell the TV to auto switch to 16:9 mode, providing the source (i.e. stb, DVD player) is set to 'wide mode'.

    Now I have a Pan E100 and I can tell you that it does not record the ws flag so although it will play correctly on a ws tv (you have to manually switch), it will NOT play correctly on a 4:3 TV. It will look vertically squashed, unless the 4:3 TV has an 'anamorphic mode'.

    To get round this I do all my DVD-R authoring on my PC where I use some software called IFOEDIT to add in the ws flag where it will then play correctly on either type of TV.

    See my posts in the baove link.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. I didn't reply earlier because I was hoping to get time to read the thread you mention properly, but events have rather taken over and I haven't got round to it. However I am pleased that the advice I've received here has made me confident in keeping the recorder, and I hope I'll be able to ask for more as I come to grips with this - surprisingly complex, I find - machine.

    Thanks again for all your help. :)
    Tim
     

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