Help With Toshiba Viewing Modes Needed

Brook K

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I've had my new Toshiba 57H84 for a couple of days now and while I'm enjoying finally moving into the larger screen universe, I can't figure out these picture modes. The instruction manual is no help.

The Theaterwide 1-3 and Full modes all distort the picture in some way. Now on Theaterwide 1 it isn't very noticeable and does a good job of stretching, I still generally want to be able to watch DVD's unaltered.

I thought that was what "Natural" mode is for. But everything I play in Natural shows gray bars. Whether it's 1.33 or 2.35 the picture display area and size of the gray sidebars doesn't change. I've put in anamorphic/16x enhanced DVD's and non-anamorphic widescreen DVD's and I get the same result. I have my DVD player set to "16x9" display so I have no idea what the problem is.

Greatly appreciate any help...
 

Jeff Gatie

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From a former post of mine:

Use "Full" for anamorphic widescreen DVD's.
Use "TheaterWide 2" for non-anamorphic widescreen DVD's.
Use "Natural" for Academy Ratio (4:3) DVD's.
Use "Natural" for 4:3 TV for OAR or use the stretch mode of your choice.
Use "TheaterWide 2" for widescreen TV (ER, Angel, etc.).
 

Michael TLV

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Greetings

Of course Natural mode is not good for the health of the TV as stated in the manual so try to keep your use of that to a bare minimum.

Most use TW1 for normal TV viewing.

TW3 is rarely used at all by anyone.

Regards
 

Brook K

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So what you're saying is there is no way to watch a 2:35 film in it's unmodified form unless I want to watch it with gray sidebars? This can't possibly be the case can it? Or is this something specific to Toshiba and I should return the set?
 

Craig

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If the film is anamorphic/enhanced for widescreen, then watching it in FULL mode will give you an original, unmodified picture.
 

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