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Old 11-20-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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I just got my first 50" HD LED TV. It replaced an old 32" CRT TV. Of course watching a full screen image in wide screen mode make images appear short and wide. Some people have no issues with this look. Not considering personal taste, should full screen DVDs & programming be viewed in 3:4 mode and widescreen DVDs & programming be viewed in 16:9?

When I upgrade to HD programming and blue-ray, are these signals all in widescreen format?

I watched a digital dvd (non-blue ray) on my HD TV using a sony travel DVD player. The image quality was unbelievable. It looked so realistic. I was told If I play a standard DVD on a blue-ray player, it will improve the image (not up to 1080). Confused what caused a standard DVD on a standard portable player to look so great on my TV?
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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I was told If I play a standard DVD on a blue-ray player, it will improve the image (not up to 1080). Confused what caused a standard DVD on a standard portable player to look so great on my TV?
The TV upconverted the DVD image to the TV's native resolution. It does it automatically.

It's a misconception that you need a blu-ray player or other device to do it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:13 AM
 
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There so many variables between the settings on the DVD player, TV and the video itself. The first thing to understand is all video on DVD has a resolution of 720*480. 16:9 is anamorphic* and the aspect is set by a flag on the DVD, this is a raw screen shot of 16:9. Note how the "lite" circles have an egg shape:




The DVD player see the 16:9 flag, if you have a 4:3 TV and assuming you have the DVD player set correctly so it knows that it's being played on 4:3 TV it will add black bars top and bottom.




This gets a bit tricky with a widescreen TV because we want the full available resolution in the signal, you don't want the the DVD player adding black bars left and right because that reduces the effective resolution of the 4:3 material. The best thing to do is set the DVD player to output full screen regardless of the aspect flag on the player, use the adjustments on your TV to stretch the 16:9 material to full screen.

One thing to note here is this shouldn't be an issue with a player that has a HDMI cable.

*note that some older DVD's that are 16:9 are actually 16:9 video on 4:3 matte, the black bars are actually part of the video file itself and that can cause a lot of headaches and confusion if you don't realize where he black bars are coming from.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I refuse to watch 4:3 images stretched to fill a 16:9 screen. I would rather see black bars on the sides. That way the image is accurately presented.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:13 PM
 
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Now that Ive been playing around with my tv, I agree with Hoffdano. So does this mean blue ray is in a wide sceen fodmat? HD cable/satellite signal is in wide screen format?
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:28 PM
 
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Why anyone would create a screen that makes everyone look short and fat is beside me.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Why anyone would create a screen that makes everyone look short and fat is beside me.
They haven't, this is the result of the wrong selection for display. You'd get the same result on 4:3 TV with WS material except they would be tall and skinny.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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They haven't, this is the result of the wrong selection for display. You'd get the same result on 4:3 TV with WS material except they would be tall and skinny.
Most widescreen TVs default to widescreen, so you have to constantly select 4:3. At least that is my experience with the TVs I have encountered in hotel rooms. Some will hold 4:3 for a few channels, but slip back to widescreen.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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I refuse to watch 4:3 images stretched to fill a 16:9 screen. I would rather see black bars on the sides. That way the image is accurately presented.
Agreed, plus I get headaches watching it stretched
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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just make sure the DVD is anamorphic. . .most new ones are. All Blu Ray's are too

That won't always get rid of the black bars on top/bottom though, a lot of movies use even wider screens then 16x9
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