Black Bars Wide Screen

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  1. LeonDES

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    Hi,

    Watching the remastered star wars DVD. Get black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. I was under the impression that wide screen ment it would fill my 92" diagnol screen. If I zoom the image gets a bit distorted.

    Is this normal?

    Leon
     
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    Leon, there are many "widescreen" formats out there. The only format that will not give you black bars is 1.78:1.
     
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    Leon,

    Check the FAQ and Primer link in my signature... specifically read the article:

    "If I buy a 16x9 wide screen TV, will I get rid of the black bars forever?" by Vince Maskeeper
     
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    Star Wars is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which is wider than 16x9, so yes the black bars are normal. On a conventional "square" shaped 4:3 TV the black bars would be aprox twice as thick, so consider yourself lucky that at least with a widescreen TV the black bars from wider aspect ratios aren't as large as they would normally be.[​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I was totally unaware to all that... call me a noob =P

    Anyhow I had nemo and akira and they were both in 1.78:1 and looked great!!!

    May I ask what the forumla is to reach that aspect ratio for my 92" diag screen ...

    Also does anyone know where I can find a list of DVDS that are in that aspect ratio and what the most common ratio for rented DVDS is ?

    Thanks,

    Leon
     
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    Your projector should either be 16:9, or 4:3 or have the option to do both.

    16:9 translates into a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. On most displays anything from 1.66:1 to 1.85:1 seem to fill the screen.

    4:3 translates into 1.33:1

    If/When ever possible you want to rent / buy movies that say Widescreen enhanced for 16:9 displays.

    Movies are all over the place as far as what ratio the maker of the movie has chosen to use.

    TV on DVD will always be 1.33:1

    Did that help at all???? I think I lost sight of the question.
     
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    Thanks again,

    I now have a better understanding of how it all works.

    Now... I thought I saw somewhere online some screens or attachemnts to screens that are motorized masking panels that position around the screen according to the aspect ratio being used.

    I do not know what they were called or where I saw them, does anyone have any advice on those or know where I can read up on them?

    Thanks,

    Leon
     
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    Many of the newer TV shows are being filmed and released in anamorphic 1.78:1. Examples include "Enterprise", "X-Files seasons 5-9", "ER",.....
     
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    Thanks,

    Tried to post a url but could not due to the 15 post limit.

    It hink I may have foudn somthing on stewartfilms website...

    Engineering & Specification Sheets
    Individual Product Data 4-Way ScreenWall


    Not sure if I can get just the pannels and masking system alone and attach to my 92" dalight or not, gonna look into that as I do not need a new screen entirely.

    Leon
     

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