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Aspect ratio, part 389

by qrcubed / January 16, 2010 4:09 PM PST


I know this must be a tiresome subject for many. I thought I understood the differences between 1.33, 1.78, etc.

I have a television series on DVD and when I watched it on my DVD player, a Samsung DVD-R135, in "normal" mode, I was expecting, and saw, the letterboxing. OK, watching a 1.33 series on a 1.78 set made sense for the squarish image to require the black bars on the sides.

We recently bought our first Bluy-ray player, a Panasonic DMP-BD605. Now when I watch the TV series, the player automatically fills the entire screen. When I check the aspect ratio, it says the screen is set to "full." When I adjust to normal, as I *always* watch whatever I am viewing in normal mode, the letterboxing appears but the scenes look distorted, with the people looking weird, different. They look much better and realistic in the full view.

I must be missing something, but I don't understand why the DVD and Blu-ray experience on the same 1.78 HDTV should be different.

I've tried to research this online and have found many sites that discuss the basics on the subject. But until I went Blu-ray, I *thought* I understood what was going on.

Thanks for any assistance!

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What tv
by givemeaname / January 17, 2010 12:22 AM PST
In reply to: Aspect ratio, part 389

Do you have? Full on my tv shows the content undistorted. So if I watch a 4:3 show I get bars on the side, a 16:9 will fill the screen and so on.
Also is the BD player set to widescreen tv?

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You just need to fiddle with all the locations
by minimalist / January 17, 2010 12:28 AM PST
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where screen zoom and aspect ratio can be controlled (in the Blu-ray player and on the TV) and make sure the settings are all good to go. Sometimes auto detect settings can screw things up.

There is no reason a blu-ray player should distort a picture or play it any differently than a blu-ray player unless the disc itself is messed up in some way (ie a custom burned disc where the aspect ratio was incorrectly set). Commercial discs should not have this problem though.

By the way, the black bars on either side are usually referred to as "pillarboxing" whereas the top and bottom ones are letterboxing. If they are all around the picture on all four sides you have "windowboxing" (which only happens with really old DVDs that were released prior to anamorphic "enhanced for widescreen TV" techniques.

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(NT) sorry... "play it any different than a DVD player"
by minimalist / January 17, 2010 12:39 AM PST
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My understanding of "full";
by ahtoi / January 17, 2010 1:26 AM PST
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Fill up the frame vertically then crop off sides. No distortion but loose the information on the side. I don't understand why the pictures are distorted when "normal", unless maybe the incoming picture is NOT normal.

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Thanks to all
by qrcubed / January 17, 2010 6:23 AM PST
In reply to: Aspect ratio, part 389

Thanks to everyone who responded with ideas or questions.

1) The TV is a Sony Bravia KDS-60A3000, their last of rear projection televisions before getting out of that technology.

2) The DVDs in question are commercially prepared and not copied.

What I need to do, again, is go over the entire setup menu sequences for the TV, DVD player, and Blu-ray. While doing this in the past, it is possible that some changes and/or adjustments were made and not saved. That is the only thing I can imagine.

I will post my results and if I find anything obvious.

Thanks, again!

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Sounds like the player
by givemeaname / January 17, 2010 7:05 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks to all

I have a Sony a2000 in one room & a Sony widecreen HD CRT in another room.. 'normal' is undistorted, 'full' stretchs it wide, that is on both of TV's (the CRT calls 'Full' something else)
So it must be a BD player setting.

Just to make sure your using HDMI or component too hook up the BD player??

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Cable check
by qrcubed / January 17, 2010 1:28 PM PST
In reply to: Sounds like the player

Yes, I'm using HDMI to connect the BD player to the Onkyo receiver. I haven't had a chance to check out all the settings for the TV, BD, and DVD but hope to do so tomorrow.

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