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Picture distortion/stretching on Sony KDF-55XS955

by thekccubby / December 1, 2004 1:09 AM PST

I am brand new to HDTV or widescreens in general. I just bought a Sony KDF-55XS955 and love it, but I am having trouble mastering what format to view things in.

Naively, I assumed that they TV would know how to format things.

I have a high def (1080?) DVD player and it seems that no matter what viewing mode (normal, full, wide, zoom) that I use that the screen is somewhat stretched. I have tried several DVDs including Lord of the Rings, Finding Nemo, the West Wing and many others.

Is there a solution to this? If I lower the resolution I can go into normal viewing and do not get the distortion but then I lose my high def.

Am I just expecting something that I cannot get from an HDTV?

Thanks!

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Re: Picture distortion/stretching on Sony KDF-55XS955
by THE_PUMA / December 1, 2004 2:16 AM PST

The problem is aspect ratios. Your DVD player outputs a 480p signal at a 16:9 aspect ratio (width x height) that equals (16/9) 1.78 to 1. Movies are filmed in many ratios none of them are 1.78 to 1 most are slightly wider. So if your set your TV to normal you will have black bars on the top and bottom of your screen that vary in size depening on what ratio the movie was filmed, in full mode the content will be stetched vertically to fill the screen and in zoom the sides of the image will be cropped and the content blown up to fill the screen without distortion. I prefer the normal image with the bars, you get used to it. Examples can be found (athough they are with a 4:3 image just apply the same principal vertically) on page 66 of your manual.

Hope that helped.

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This link might help too
by THE_PUMA / December 1, 2004 2:45 AM PST

Saw this in another post same subject

www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/anamorphic/aspectratios/widescreenorama.html

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Re: Picture distortion/stretching on Sony KDF-55XS955
by mdj / December 1, 2004 8:41 PM PST

I just got the TV as well/ I do love it but do notice a slight blurring in face area on certain channels is that the cable signal from that channel or the TV trying to make picture clearer??? Do notice it in the wide zoom mode and full mode?? Was wondering if anyone has noticed it on theirs?? Also under Video menu (page 97) under BN smoother i did notice that i cannot access the clear white, detail enhancer , white balance etc. They are dimmed out. Are they dimmed out on yours and why is it not accessable?? Sorry i veered off the subject

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Re: Picture distortion/stretching on Sony KDF-55XS955
by THE_PUMA / December 1, 2004 9:16 PM PST

That fuction is not available while watching a 480p 720p or 1080i source. If your setting it up for watching DVD try setting your DVD to send 480i (your DVD player just converts it to 480p anyway) and see if you can get a better picture letting the TV do the conversion and tweeking the settings to your preference. If your watching a normal TV broadcast then those options should not be unavailable.

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