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Do I need better hookups?

by Cthulhuspawn82 / June 28, 2008 6:03 AM PDT

I know that because HDTVs have a different format than old 4:3 TVs that some images cant be watched without either using black bars or stretching the image to fill the screen but look distorted. But images made for a 16:9 format should fill the screen with no distortion.

Now when I watch an anamorphic DVD in standard format, it should fill the screen with no distortion. However I have the big letterbox bars and the image appears squished down. I assumed the black bars weren?t going away because I don?t have HD hookups for my DVD player, so the TV is getting a normal signal. But when I went to Best Buy to get the HDMI hookups or whatever the guy tells me its all about DVD format and blah blah, so I just leave without buying anything.

Do I Need different hookups? Perhaps a better DVD player? How do I get rid of those letterboxes? BTW, I have the same problem with television shows that are made for the 16:9 format. I can?t get them to fit the screen correctly. I figured that is because I only have normal cable.

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(NT) Sorry, we all live with those black bars.
by NM_Bill / June 28, 2008 8:40 AM PDT
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YES, BILL IS CORRECT............NOT MANY DVDs FILL OUT A ...
by Riverledge / June 28, 2008 9:09 AM PDT

TOTAL SCREEN. EVERY DIRECTOR SEEMS TO USE A DIFFERENT ASPECT RATIO;

REGARDLESS OF HOLLYWOOD'S RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES.

THE ONLY DVD SET THAT FILLS MY ENTIRE SCREEN WITHOUT TWEEKING IS

"FLEETWOOD MAC: LIVE IN BOSTON" (Warners Bros 2004.)

RIVER.

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I think I understand

Ok, so the black bars aren?t there because the image thinks its being displayed for a 4:3 screen rather than a 16:9? I though that was the problem. Its confusing because the manual for the tv claims that a anamorphic DVD should fill the screen when set on the ?standard? format. Yet I still get black bars that look just a big as the ones that were on my old tv. I usually use expand to get most of the black bars removed since it cops off a the top and bottom of the picture.

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I THINK YOU GOT IT.............CONGRATS....
by Riverledge / June 28, 2008 3:46 PM PDT
In reply to: I think I understand

A LOT OF HDTV BEGINNERS THINK EVERYTHING LISTED AS HDTV,

WILL DISPLAY AS SUCH.............

DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL PROJECT IN THAT SAME MODE!!!

IN THE FUTURE, DON'T DO THIS, TO YOURSELF


LINDSEY (ask tho

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CinemaScope
by gabereyes / June 28, 2008 2:26 PM PDT

It do's and does not matter with type of conections you use.
but in most cases you do need to use component video or HDMI to get true 16x9 ratio from a cable box and/or DVD player, and you most also change the device to 16x9 in the menu of the box or DVD player.

Yes some movies have black bars no matter what you do, but you shouldnt have the bars on every movie or TV show in DVD or HDTV form.

A good way to test the DVD player is find a movie that is made from pixar almost all pixar films will fill the screen or it will have a very thin black bar on top and bottom that will be about .25 inchs thick because it is in 1.85:1 ratio that is very simalar to 16x9, all but the movie cars and maybe wall-e.

Try this link for more info.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

good luck
gabe

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