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DVD recorders

by WGSF / March 10, 2008 1:50 AM PDT

Is there DVD any recorder that will record and playback in the widescreen format(16 x 9)?I have a Panasonic w/all the bells and whistles and even though in the instructions,it says it will record in that format,it does not.I've tried everything but I get the letterbox format.TIA


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was the recorded content widescreen?
by ramarc / March 10, 2008 3:04 AM PDT
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if the original program was 4:3 letterboxed, the recording will be also.

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I agree with ramarc
by lacsr / March 10, 2008 3:49 AM PDT
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Are you talking about a set top recorder or a DVD burner for a PC? Most, if not all, set top boxes will not record HD content, so if you are recording TV shows, SD shows are 4:3. If you record from a 16:9 camcorder, that is something else. It ought to work with that. There may be a menu choice that has to be set. What model are you using? Just what are you doing that doesn't give you what you expect? More details, please?

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DVD recorder
by WGSF / March 11, 2008 11:52 PM PDT
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I am trying to record NFL games on my dedicated DVD recorder(Panasonic)I do not expect HD,but just wide screen(16 x 9).If I record on the CBS HD channel,I get letterbox.If,however,I use the SD
CBS channel I get the 4x3 configuration.As for camcorders,I know some do indeed record wide screen but will they record directly from the TV?
If they can make a camcorder to record wide screen,why not a set top DVD recorder?

Bob T.
PS,I've gone through ALL the menu options.The only setting you must use to record WS (according to Panasonic operating guide)is shut off
fast record copying option,and 16 x 9 format.That's it!

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not sure what model panasonic you have but
by ramarc / March 12, 2008 2:17 AM PDT
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the DMR-EZ27K will only record widescreen on DVD-RAM media so the same restriction may exist for other models also. for dvd+/-rw media, the picture will compressed to 4:3. (see page 11 of the owner's manual.) you can stretch it back out using your TV's stretch/fill/aspect-ratio setting (assuming you have a widescreen TV).

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by WGSF / March 12, 2008 7:34 AM PDT

I have the DMR-EH55 w/a 200 GB HDD.IT says to record in HDD or RAM in
wide sceeen format,set high speed mode to off(copying function)NO other instructions are noted in the manual.It does note,however it will record only in 4-3 if any other disc(other than RAM)is used.
Bob T.

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