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Widescreen 16:9 support on DVD Recorders

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by kwebbotaurus, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. kwebbotaurus

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    After reading the shocking news that Sony RDR-HX510 can't record an anamorphic widescreen image (it records them letterboxed 4:3) from LSP (2hour 30mins) downwards, or on DVD+R, DVD+RW & DVD+R DL discs;

    Do any DVD Recorders record 16:9 anamorphic at longer than 2 hours??
     
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    The XS32/34 records 16:9 anamorphic at all settings except the 6.0 hour (1.4 Mbps) setting.

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    Thanks for the reply Mark!

    Is it actually worth recording anything over 2 hours on a single DVD-R anyway, or is it best to split onto 2 DVD-Rs?

    I had decided on the Sony, but this 16:9 issue is a real deal breaker for me, why have DVD+R Dual Layer as a selling point when it's only capable of recording 4:3 image?
     
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    Personally, when archiving to DVD I try not to go over the (approx) 2 hours 20 which is the cutoff for full resolution on the Toshiba. So yes, I'd split over multiple discs if it was longer.

    For a DL disc though of course you should be able to get twice as much on, so 4 hours or so on a DL disc would be reasonable; it is strange if it doesn't support widescreen on this.

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    It's bizarre that the Sony machine doesn't allow 16:9 on the dual layer discs, makes that feature redundant!

    The 510 won't record 16:9 in it's 2hr 30min mode either, strange as it's above the drop to half resolution?
     
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    Just in case anyone reads this without seeing your other threads, as redsox_mark already said you can record 16:9 images, but as normal with "+" the 16:9 flag is not set by the recorder, you just have to manually switch the TV to widescreen.
     
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    This widescreen flag issue always seems to lead to misunderstandings.
    As others have implied, DVD recorders essentially record the pictures they are supplied with. If anamorphic pictures are supplied these are what are recorded. (A VHS video recorder would do the same in this respect)

    What causes confusion is that the aspect ratio flag on the resulting DVD disk is not always set appropriately depending on the machine in question.
    This can mean that widescreen mode may have to be manually selected for playback on a widescreen television, or worse that letterboxed playback via an older 4:3 TV isn't possible.
     

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