Why cant I view DVDs 'fullscreen' unlike my friend!?? pls pls help!

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  1. rude1978

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    Hi
    My friend and I have both got a samsung 50", his is slighty newer model tho.

    When I play a DVD on my xbox 360 I have a black border at the top and bottom of the screen.
    My friend does not and his plays the full size of the screen.

    The only way I can play fullscreen is to change the display to 'stretch' which looks quite bad.
    Both are connected via hd-av component.

    Please help guys! why is his playing the size of the screen and mine has a black border at the bottom and top?:(
     
  2. HDPio

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    Are you both playing the same film?
     
  3. Pooon

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    I'll guess that you have your 360 dashboard set to widescreen whereas your friend hs it set to 4:3 which is one reason why his 'fills' the screen. Personally i can't stand to watch a film that has been stretched to make it fill a screen, if a movie has borders top and bottom is they way its meant to be, altering it only ruins the picture imho
     
  4. J0hnEast0n

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    Im not sure if this is still relevant, but you used to get wide-screen versions and normal versions of dvd.

    Are you using the exact same dvd?
     
  5. rude1978

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    Hi
    Our dashboard settings are the same and have tried the same DVD.

    When his 'fills' the screen, it is not stretched in anyway and is 'natural' looking.
    It looks amazing.
    I also forgot to mention that when the DVD loads up, the menu screen does 'fill' the screen, its only when you play the movie it doest.

    What could it be guys?:(

    There must be something I havent tried/set?
     
  6. kevlar

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    Whatever the reason if there is no distorsion of the picture dimensions, i.e. stretching or compressing, then your friend can't be seeing the whole picture. Compare the exact same scene on yours and his and you should find your friend is missing a few inches of the actual movie either side. I personally prefer a full screen as you seem to and find it very annoying that most movies are released in their original aspect ratio which is wider than all the tv's we have all been made to buy for the last 10 years.

    Sorry I can't help you make it fit though.

    Edit, is your friend using one of his screens zoom modes?
     
  7. Noggin1980

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    I'd suggest it is him with the wrong setting rather than you but get a camera and take a photo of both tvs showing the same portion of the same DVD. You can then compare side by side and should then be able to see if he is seeing more information or simply (and more likely) a streched or zoomed picture.
     
  8. rude1978

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    No he is not using zoom mode.
     
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    It's not possible for you both to be viewing the correct image non streched/squished or zoomed. One of you has a picture that is wrong, Since it sounds like you think both look correct the only way to be able to tell is to see them at the same time, thus with a photo. Try to take the photo at a point in a film where there is very little change in the picture since you are unlikely to be able to both get a photo of the same frame.

    If you don't want to do that look at the DVD box, if the aspect ratio is 2.38ish:1 then its your picture that is correct so don't worry about it. In fact if you tell us what the film we can probably tell you (although you can get versions of films that have had the ratio messed with).
     
  10. rude1978

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    update:

    got a new 360 and the dvds play full screen now.
     
  11. EvilBoris

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    You can change between several different picture modes from the dvd playback menu whilist you are watching.
     
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    I'm pretty sure that it's not the fact that you've got a newer 360 has done this - it's a software setting. Black bars at the top and bottom may well be the way the film was intended to be shown depending on it's aspect ratio.
     
  13. shagaboopon

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    I'm absolutely sure this is not a hardware issue.

    On the topic though, what is the big problem with watching a film with borders, personally I'd rather see a film how the director intended than cut off some of the picture which I'd guess is what this guy and his friend are doing.
     
  14. rude1978

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    The settings were exactly the same on both 360s and tvs, but his was fullscreen on certain dvds.Those certain dvds would not be fullscreen on my tv.

    I dont like to see any of the picture cut out too.
     
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    Your 360 cannot add any extra picture that isn't there so assuming the aspect ratio is correct for both of you then the person watching with borders is watching the original and the other is zoomed. It will be a setting somewhere that you missed as hardware cannot cause the problem...
     
  16. Munkey Boy

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    If it is the case that playing the same DVD on one 360 plays fullscreen and the other with black borders at the top and bottom, then assuming neither of you are showing a stretched image, the fullscreen one is zoomed and you're missing some of the frame to the left and right.
     
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    Exactly, thanks Munkey Boy.
     

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