Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Metric, Jul 16, 2001.
do i buy a 1.78:1 hdtv screen or a 1.85:1 letterbox?
It's LCD's are 16:9 which works out (someone check my maths) at 1:1.7777777, so the HDTV screen should be the correct one, unless you are only going to watch 1.85 movies and don't want the black bars at the top and bottom.
I use a Vutec HDTV screen for my WHT10, and when watching 1.85 movies just get a black bar top and bottom, but at least it means I get a full screen of 16:9 images without overscan or black bars left and right.
Hope this helps.
Okie dokie, are most dvds (US) 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 ?
ahh, i understand now, i think? the image projected is 1.78:1 almost? and a 1.78:1 would fit it but a 1.85:1 would need to be zoomed as its squashed into the 1.78:1 projection panel.
Erm, yeah think so. I guess i should go for the HDTV so i dont have to mess with zooming.
The biggest question i guess is, are most dvds 1.85:1 or 1:78.1
Its a real pain in the butt with all these ratios to consider.
The dual mask will go to a 4:3 shape in either case.
cheers for the info
I know what you mean, my DVD's are pretty evenly split with a few 4:3 thrown in aswell.
The biggest pain is the projector won't auto switch formats like my TV used to when running with scarts, but at least you've got 6 memory presets to play around with.
I would say the majority of newer dvds seem to be 2.35:1 , certainly most of mine are(probably 70%).Rest split pretty evenly 1.78/1.85.Hope this helps
cheers guys, so it would appear the hdtv is the route to go for the sony
Definitely get a 1.78:1 screen.
Get a 1.85:1 and you will either
a) Loose some of the top and bottom of your image (which will only matter on some titles)
or b) have a black edge left and right
or c) have to keep adjusting your zoom.
As with many TVs and other projectors, the Sony overscans slightly. For this reason, you are unlikely to see any black bands on a 1.85:1 image. You will, however, see them (of course) on anything with a wider ratio eg 2.35:1.
Well not sure if this what you mean but what I've got is the projector setup so that on the test picture it completely fills the 16:9 screen.
Then if I watch a film in a different aspect ratio say 1:1.85, I don't have too touch any settings on the projector, it simply adds black (well OK mucky grey on a Sony) bars to the top and bottom of the picture. In affect the projector is still completely filling the screen but the image only fills it width ways.
The same if I watch normal TV in 4:3 except the projector adds black bars to the left and right (again no changes to projector zoom setting).
Is this what you wanted ? And did it help ?
If not give me a shout.
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