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Imitation Anamorphic pretty neat

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ernest, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. Ernest

    Ernest Supporting Actor

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    Some of the newer DVD progressive scan players, JVC 723 and Panasonic PR91, have a very neat feature that enables the player to reformat a 4 x 3 letterbox to 16 x 9. The picture quality definitley improves somewhat better than letterbox but not as good as a true anamorphic transfer. Nevertheless this is a great feature whether or not your HD TV accepts progressive scan on all formats.
    Unfortunatley the players can only reformt 4 x 3 to 16 x 9 when the DVD contains those particular instructions. I checked out all my letterbox DVD's and my JVC 723 could reformat approximatley 65%.
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    Is there anyway to manually force the player to do it? How about the panny 91?
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  3. Scott Merryfield

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    The Panasonic RP-91 can be manually zoomed for non-anamorphic discs that are not flagged properly. I had to do this when watching High Plains Drifter on my new RP-91.
    BTW, I do agree that this zoom/scaling is a great feature for folks with 16x9 HD-ready TV's. The picture quality of good non-anamorphic transfers now comes very close to anamorphic transfers. This player will add a whole new life to my collection (I still have approximately 85 non-anamorphic widescreen transfers).
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  4. james e m

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    That does sound like a pretty cool feature and I hope it catches on with other companies. I'd like to see that feature in the next Sony dvd player I buy.
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