What should I be seeing?

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  1. James Buhler

    James Buhler Stunt Coordinator

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    If I watch a 2:35:1 "enhanced for widescreen" DVD on a widescreen tv, should I see the black bars at the top and bottom without using a "stretch mode" on my tv?

    Tosh 65hx83 with pioneer dv-563a-s. DVD set to progressive. TV set to "film" with 540p or 1080i, whichever looks better for the dvd.

    Sorry if this is an old question but i have looked at the archives and have not found a direct answer.

    Thanks in advance for any responses.

    James
     
  2. Garrett Lundy

    Garrett Lundy Producer

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    Yes. Any source with an aspect ratio wider than 1.78:1 (16 by 9) will have "black bars" of unused screen above, and below the picture.
     
  3. James Buhler

    James Buhler Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks for the response.

    Then, what does "enhanced for widescreen" mean?

    James
     
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    James,

    Enhanced for widescreen means that they used all 480 horizontal lines (i.s.o. only 360) to digitize a 16x9 picture, resulting in a better vertical resolution.
    The DVD solves the problem of presenting the proper picture to a 16x9 TV or a 4x9 TV (you have to set the intended TV type).

    Please read our primer if you want to find out the meaning of all sorts of "new" DVD terminology!

    Cees
     
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