PROJECTORS: 4:3 native / 16:9 compatable. What does this mean?

Chris Dugger

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Just got my hands on a video projector that is 4:3 native, but states it is 16:9 compatable....

Exactly what does that mean?

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Allan Jayne

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This means that if the DVD was optimized for 16:9 (is anamorphic) then you can push a button on the projector's remote to reshape the picture as seen on the screen to be correctly proportioned rather than squashed left to right.
 

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If the majority of your viewing will be widescreen, you want to buy a native 16:9 projector. Just the opposite if the majority of viewing will be 4:3.
 

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To be more precise, the projected image is 4X3. But 16x9 shaped material will be accommodated by projected black bars above and below.
 

Philip Hamm

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As they have said. My Infocus X1 is this way. Native 4x3 with a 16:9 mode which has letterboxes.

Just yesterday I was watching an IMAX film and thinking how happy I am that I have that big gigantic 96" 4x3 image......
 

Chris Dugger

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so, those who have the 4:3 projectors use a fixed 4:3 screen and live with the letter boxing?

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Jim Mcc

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I have a 4:3 projector, the Infocus X1, but I use it in 16:9 mode with a 16:9 screen. I'd say only 10% of my viewing is 4:3(old DVD movies).
 

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