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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Shane Bryant, Oct 11, 2004.
those of you with 16x9 TVs...
How big is your TV?
Do you zoom or watch it windowboxed?
with my eyes (just kidding)
on my pc or a 28 inch sony 16x9 zoomed
I'm not sure I fully understand the question.
Regardless of whether a dvd is anamorphic or not, I watch it in it's OAR. For many older films, this means I get black bars on the sides. For most films with OARs from 1.66 to 1.85, I can't see black bars, due to overscan. And with OAR's above 1.85, I have black bars on the top and bottom.
As far as mode on my tv, I run my dvds through a scaler, so I always can get the proper aspect ratio with the 'Full mode' on the tv, even for non-anamorphic dvds.
My DVD player, a Panasonic RP-91, scales non-anamorphic widescreen titles of 1.85:1 or wider to properly fit my 16x9 screen, so there is no windowboxing or picture cropping. For 1.66:1 non-anamorphic, I am forced to watch with both window and letterboxing to preserve the content.
I really hate 1.66:1 non-anamorphic transfers.
I use theatertek to stretch the height so it fills my 113" 16:9 screen in the correct proportions
My Mitsubishi 55" has a vertical stretch mode that seems to work perfectly for non-anamorphic DVDs as well as broadcast widescreen programs.
Zoomed (except for foreign movies where subtitles in the black bar area will be cut off)
Yeah, this is the worst case scenario: A non-anamorphic transfer of a 2.35:1 foreign language film.
Chushingura (Image Entertainment) and Andrei Rublev (Criterion) are instantly come to mind. Both were decent efforts back in the early days, but we really, really, really need 5-star anamorphic edition of these two masterpieces - especially Rublev - as soon as possible.
My Malata 996 will scale a DVD by minute increments to properly fit in a 16X9 screen. No problem at all with 1.66 non-anamorphic transfers. This not only works to zoom in non-anamorphic titles, but it can also be used to zoom out anamorphic ones to compensate for overscan.
The results are excellent.
I do the same on my Pioneer. That mode is called ZOOM on the Pioneer.
Zoomed. Or "Theater Wide", as my per my 65" Toshiba language. What's theatertek?