What are the correct settings for 16:9, 4:3, etc. DVD's?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mr. Brian, Mar 31, 2002.

  1. Mr. Brian

    Mr. Brian Stunt Coordinator

    Nov 12, 2000
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    I helped my father in law set up his new home theater this weekend. He has a 4:3 HDTV-ready Toshiba 43H71 and a Panasonic RP56. We have everything connected right with component cables, but it gets a little confusing with different types of DVD's. Widescreen anamorphic DVD's are fine and look great. I assume we should just set the DVD player to 16:9, set the TV viewing mode to "compression", and push the Progressive button on the front of the DVD player. Also, in a sub menu on the TV, I highlighted "Film", not "Video". The clips of Star Trek Insurrection and Saving Private Ryan looked great.

    Then I tried The Abyss and Twin Peaks. What settings should we have for non-enhanced 16:9 DVD's and 4:3 DVD's? Do we need to change the aspect ratios in the DVD player? Or the TV? The options on the DVD player are the usual 4:3 Pan and Scan, 4:3 Letterbox, and Widescreen. The options for watching widescreen material on the TV are "Normal", "Widescreen", and "Compression". Should the progressive button still be on when we watch non-enhanced discs or 4:3 discs? We're new at this, so we would really appreciate any help.


  2. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

    Feb 12, 1998
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    1. Leave the DVD player set for "Widescreen".

    2. Always push the progressive button (I would; others may feel differently for certain sources).

    3. On the TV, use "Compression" for anamorphic discs, use "Normal" for 4:3 material, and use "Widescreen" for letterboxed, nonanamorphic discs like The Abyss.


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