Widescreen TV question

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by BobDilley, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. BobDilley

    BobDilley Auditioning

    Jun 26, 2002
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    I went to a friend's house who has a Mitsubishi 65" widescreen television. I'm currently planning on buying the same thing.

    Anyhow, we were watching cable TV on this television and I noticed that everything on the both ends of the TV are stretched.
    For example, a car looks super large on this widescreen TV when it is shown at the left or right of the TV.
    However, when I went to BestBuy I couldn't see this problem.

    Is this problem normal for widescreen televisions?
    Or is there some way to change the setting so everything is not stretched?

    I'd appreciate any help.
  2. Sean Moon

    Sean Moon Cinematographer

    Jan 25, 2001
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    There are several stretch modes on all 16:9 sets. The one you witnesses simply stretches the edges, leaving the middle untouched. Some modes stretch it all to the sides, some just zoom in, cropping off the top and bottom a little.

    It is normal for most stretch modes. You can also watch the 4:3 material windowboxed, with bars on the sides.

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