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Some widescreen dvds are only taking up half the screen..

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by rudy, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. rudy

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    On my Hitachi 32pd 5200 when playing some dvds (ie. Lord of the rings and Deliverance) have such a large black area top and bottom the picture is almost half usable area!

    About a 10" high picture!

    is this normal?
     
  2. Nick_UK

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    It's normal. Plasma TV's are 16:9, but there are lots of different standards for movies.
     
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    try adjusting aspect control to get a larger picture but 2.35:1 films are always going to leave a big black area.........
     
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    I had this problem with my pwd6

    I found that my dvd plaver was set to 4.3

    I swithched it to 16.9 and now i only have a little black band at the top and bottom when watching 2.35.1
     
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    If you have only a 10" picture you have this problem. It thinks the screen is 4:3 so diplays the film as if it were. Are the hobbits short and fat?
     
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    Obviously the cinema I saw all three LOTR films in had this same problem then...

    lol :D
     
  7. rudy

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    If the dvd player is et to 4:3 then setting it to 16:9 would make it wider, would`nt it?

    Or am i being a dum ass

    Thanks for the replies guys
     
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    Just think that one through I should. A 2.35:1 movie has bigger bars on a square TV than a widescreen one, and in the case of Shrek, say, there are bars on a 4:3 and not on a widescreen at all. The DVD player puts them there. That's why telling it the right aspect ratio will sort out your problem. As they say, the position of annoying talking animal is already taken. A (not so) dumb ass is already here, we don't need another!
     
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    Setting it to 16:9 compresses the image horizontally so when you set your tv to wide it stretches it to the correct aspect.
     
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    Trust me. The DVD player setting is intended to mirror the shape of your TV screen. So, if yours is a 16x9 panel then set the DVD player to 16x9.

    The widest of widescreen movies should occupy approximately 75% of the height of your screen. And, importantly, objects on screen should be the correct shape; circles should be round and not oval, for example.
     
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    Well no it doesn't setting your dvd player to 4x3 with a 16x9 disc will knock out lines of information and then pad the image with black bars to get it to fit undistorted in a 4x3 frame.
    On some discs it might even pan and scan the 16x9 image into a 4x3 but hardly anyone bothers to set this up on the discs themselves .

    Setting it to 16x9 should display the image exactly as it is on the disc.
     

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