pan and scan question

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  1. david*mt

    david*mt Second Unit

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    My Samsung DVD player has a 4:3 Pan & Scan mode which is supposed to get rid of the black bars and display the film in full screen. All of my DVDs still have the black bars when played in this mode. Is something wrong with my dvd player?
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Hi, David, and welcome to Home Theater Forum, the Internet's loudest advocate of original-aspect-ratio programming:

    I believe your DVD player is in its "4:3 letterboxed" mode, which means it is sending a downconverted yet correctly scaled version of the 16:9-encoded image to your player (that is, one in its correct aspect ratio).
     
  3. david*mt

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    It has a 4:3 Letterboxed mode and a 4:3 Pan & Scan mode. In both of these modes, all dvds are displayed with black bars. Isn't pan and scan supposed to make it full screen?
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  5. Matt DeVillier

    Matt DeVillier Supporting Actor

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    david,
    the 4:3 P&S mode on a dvd player was designed to zoom in on a letterboxed or anamorphic widescreen video, but it requires that the disc be designed with flags that tell the player what area of the widescreen image to zoom in on. there are very, very few (like 1 or two) discs that actually implement this feature, so you're just going to have to learn to accept widescreen [​IMG]
     
  6. Qui-Gon John

    Qui-Gon John Producer

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    But you could choose the 16:9 mode. This stretches the picture vertically eliminating/reducing the black bars.
     
  7. Michael Reuben

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  8. Jack Briggs

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    And, for that matter, trying to "fill the screen" or "get rid of the black bars" when playing a widescreen DVD is also an unacceptable option for anyone who loves film as art.
     

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