top/bottom bars on widescreen RPTV???

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  1. jeff ha

    jeff ha Auditioning

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    I'm really new to this and therefore this may be a really silly question...

    I've got a new I've got a new Panny 47" widescreen (PT47WX53) and am really blown away with the picture I'm getting out of my DVD player and even digital cable. Its even better than I had expected - once I did some basic setup with the AVIA disc.

    I've only got 4 DVD's currently:
    1)Avia
    2)Shrek double special edition
    3)Die Another Day double SE
    4)Daredevil double SE

    What has me confused is that I expected to get a full screen image with a 16:9 formatted widescreen movie with the TV's Aspect setting to FULL. The Bond film indicates 16:9 but still has narrow top/bottom black bars when viewed. I expected some less than full screen viewing on other aspect ratios but thought that I'd get full screen images on 16:9 formats without going into ZOOM which looks pretty cheezy.

    Bottom line is that I'm either confused by aspect ratios altogether or I don't have my DVD or TV settings correct. I want to maximize my viewing potential. Any thoughts?

    I'm also worried about the small black bars at the top/bottom of the screen causing burn-in problems as they are truly black and not grey like the 4:3 side bars when viewing TV formats. Is this a legitimate concern?

    Thanks for any advice that you can offer.

    Jeff
     
  2. Michael TLV

    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    Greetings

    You are confusing the term aspect ratio and anamorphically enhanced. Enhanced for 16:9 TV's does not mean will fit the screen.

    Some films are shot with an AR of 2.35:1 which is greater than your TV which is 1.78:1.

    IF the film AR does not equal the TV's AR ... then you will always see bars ... either top/bottom or left/right.

    As for burn in ... I have not yet seen any TV that has suffered w/s bar burn in ... especially if you keep the contrast down.

    REgards
     
  3. Jeremy Stockwell

    Jeremy Stockwell Supporting Actor

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  4. jeff ha

    jeff ha Auditioning

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    WOW! What a wealth of information!

    Thanks a ton.
     

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