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zoom function on plasma's? who uses it....

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by allygash, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. allygash

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    When I watch widescreen 235:1 & 2.40:1 DVD's on my pioneer 504hde it drives me nuts to see the black bars at the top & bottom of the screen so I use the zoom function. I take it by zooming the screen I'm in theory loosing some quality? even if I cant see it. I realize pple may appear stretched a little, but do u guys just grin & bare it when u see the black bars?

    Thx.

    Pioneer 504hde/868/ax5ai
     
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    The black bars don't bother me in the slightest....especially as I tend to view films in the dark. I'm seeing the film as it was meant to be viewed. I certainly don't think I'd like my picture stretched!! Each to their own I suppose.
     
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    50" Plasma :thumbsup:

    Zoom films to lose black bars :eek: :thumbsdow :suicide: :nono: :mad: :censored:
     
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    Ok, but dont u think its a bit retarded that they cant release movies that fit wide screen tvs fully yet still retain the aspect? Its seems mad to me that u purchase 50" plasma only to see black bars & therefore leave a percentage of the screen under ultilized?

    Or is that the plasma manufacturers r to blame by not making screens in the 2.35 to 2.40:1 aspect where most widescreen dvds r now?

    Is any of this makin sense(probabley not....) :suicide:
     
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    In a perfect world, you would get two versions of the movie - one in its native resolution to suit the "purists" who want to see it exactly the way it was made, and another in 16:9 for plasma and small screen owners. Instead, they give us "How it was made", "alternative endings", "out-takes", "star profiles" and other junk that the majority don't watch. Exactly why they do this is beyond me.
     
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    Film directors seem to like the 2.35:1 aspect ratio but also still use 16:9 for some films. All older TV programmes are in 4:3 material. Therefore the 16:9 ratio is a good compromise.

    After having spent several thousand pounds on a home cinema system, I want to see all material in exactly the same format as the director intended. Thereore I don't mind black bars either at the top and bottom or at the sides for 4:3 matierial.
     
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    I've just discovered that my DVD player has a zoom mode which allows several levels of zoom onto an anamorphic picture without distorting it. This means I can get rid of black bars on a 2.35:1 aspect movie and still retain the correct proportionality. Also it seems to give a better quality picture than the panny zoom.

    However, I will never use this zoom function.
     
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    Shouldn't the zoom function retain the proportions and not cause stretching? I haven't used it on my Panasonic, but I kinda assumed it would zoom in the ratio of 16:9...

    Simon
     
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    Zoom is designed for non anamorphic letterboxed widescreen pictures. Some of my older DVDs are letterboxed and therefore if I used 16:9, they would appear stretched sideways with very big black bars top and bottom.
     

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