Cropping issue in 4:3 mode...

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  1. Dale MA

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    I bought a Hitachi 42PD6600 a few weeks ago and after using the DVE disc I'm very happy with it, except for one small issue I've found which I'm hoping someone can help me with.

    I watch a lot of 1.33:1 content & I like to see movies in there original aspect ratio (I don't like stretching the image to fill the screen), so I watch that stuff with the gray bars on the side of the image.

    Anyway, I was watching a 1.33:1 film and I paused it, then I messed around with the display settings and to my shock the "stretch" mode actually revealed more picture on the top & bottom of the image, meaning that the 4:3 mode was cropping the picture information on the top & bottom.

    Anyone else noticed this on there plasmas or know what the cause of this may be?

    I've taken two images of my set to show you exactly what I mean (I've included URLs to the images because they're huge). It shows my TV playing the DVD "Dial M For Murder" which is a 1.33:1 film.

    This first picture is of my TV on 4:3 / Auto mode, which SHOULD be giving me the full picture, allow me to draw your attention to the letters "PRS" underneath the "Dial M For Murder" logo -- they're chopped in half, only half of those letters are shown in the frame.

    http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b...es/Image100.jpg

    This next picture is of my TV in 4:3 / Full mode, meaning it's stretching the 1.33:1 film to fill my screen, allow me to again draw your attention to the letters "PRS" which can now be completely seen underneath the "Dial M For Murder" logo -- the complete letters "PRS" can now be seen, now compare that to the shot above.

    http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b...es/Image101.jpg

    There's also some cropping issues on the top of the frame, in 4:3 / Auto mode the letters "JKL" are very slightly cropped but in Full / Auto mode they're more visible.

    Another question I have is: do 1.33:1 ratio films on DVD have an area of picture around the border that's not supposed to be seen on screen? It's very doubtful but never say never & all that...

    Anyway, any help from the experts would be great [​IMG]
     
  2. Mark Techer

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    I don't think that your links work, but my 16:9 projector does the same thing that you have just described...

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    Sorry about that Mark, here are my images:

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    Maybe it's because it's a widescreen set it can't show the entire 1.33:1 image so it has to crop, it is only very slight but it's definitely there.
     
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    I've had a quick flick through the manual and there doesn't seem to be any feature that allows you to change the width & height. There's not even a "nudge" function to movie the picture even slightly.
     
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    I really only noticed it with mine with some text and then found that I could shift the height, but there is some compromise to be made because there is no setting for vertical squeeze - which would be helpful seeing how I am now using an anamorphic lens to obtain a 2.35:1 constant height setup...

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