16:9 mode on 4:3 TVs

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  1. kevin_asai

    kevin_asai Stunt Coordinator

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    Please enlighten me :b
    I would like to know why this feature makes 16:9 DVDs looks better than if I used Letterbox mode on my DVD player.
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    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    The simplest way to explain it.

    Because the DVD player sends 75% of the picture information to the TV when the DVD player does it through letterbox. (That missing 25% ain't never coming back.)

    When the TV does it ... it takes 100% of the picture information from the DVD player and squeezes it down so you still see 100% of the picture information. The spaces between the scan lines on the TV are simply smaller. Think Accordion ... or picket fence.

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    Thanks for the explanation [​IMG]
     
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    dave_brogli Screenwriter

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    oh man...... now you guys gotta help me out.lol

    ok. I have a 4:3 TV with optional 16x9 squeeze. My dvd player has settings for 4:3 LB and 16x9 whatever...... it has a couple options...... So which do I watch a movie in (tv setting) and what do I set the DVD player to?
    Hope that makes sense!
     
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    Because your TV does squeeze ... A.F.A. the DVD player is concerned ... you have a 16:9 TV. Tell it so.

    DVD player to 16:9 and just pick squeeze / unsqueeze on TV at leisure depending on the DVD material you watch.

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    This is my current setup:

    DVD player's picture mode: Wide
    TV Display mode: 16:9
     
  7. Clint B

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    Kevin, it sounds like you've got it right. Assuming "wide" on the DVD player means the same thing as 16:9, you've got it right--as was pointed out before, leave the DVD player in this setting all the time; even 4:3 DVD's will look fine with this setting.
    Just remember that the 16:9 setting on the TV is the same thing as anamorphic squeeze, so only keep the setting on the TV at 16:9 for anamorphic DVD's (which is probably the majority, if not all, of your DVD collection). If you put the 16:9 setting on a non-anamorphic widescreen DVD or a 4:3 DVD, it will squeeze the picture too much.
     
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