Knowing what aspect ratio going in; if it's 16:9 then set the recorder to 16:9 and if it's 4:3 then set the recorder to 4:3. Distortion should not occur, if it does, then it's not the recorder's fault.
Oh when I talk about the aspect ratio, I meant the "broadcasting" and not the movie itself.
I am having a problem with the screen image when using the Toshiba D-R410 recorder in that instead of seeing the full screen it becomes, what looks like, a wide screen image with bars on the top and bottom of the screen.
I had saved some high definition shows on my DVR which I intended to copy to a DVD using the subject recorder but with the current problem the image would be distorted.
My setup is: the cable from the cable company comes into the DVR and one of the sets of outputs from the DVR - which are RCA connections, white, red and yellow - go to the recorder and then from the recorder to the TV via an HDMI cable.
Even when I'm not recording and I'm viewing a high definition show (which looks fine on the TV via component video cables) when I switch to the recorder output - with the recorder on - I get the wide screen image instead of the full screen.
I've been in contact with Toshiba, my cable company and most recently the manufacturer of the DVR (which is a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD DVR.) So far I haven't had any luck finding out what I'm doing wrong or what can be done to correct the problem.
I've tried adjusting the aspect ratio on the DVR, TV and the DVD recorder with no effect on the picture - the sound is fine. I've also tried different input/output connections from the DVR and out of the recorder including S-video with no improvement.
I'm thinking about returning the recorder to the store as I still have about 3 weeks in which to do that with no penalty and consider buying another recorder but I'm not sure that would help.
Thanks for any input you might have.