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Old 01-21-2007, 10:11 PM   #16
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Try using the 16:9 mode to watch some of the more extreme widescreen movies, like LOTR or Batman Begins. It'll show the movie in a window closer to a 1.85:1, and you'll still get all of the picture on the sides.
Huh? Are you advocating watching films in the wrong aspect ratio? Do circles look like tall ellipses when you do this?

If a film was shot at 2.35:1, then the only way to watch it is at 2.35:1. Squeezing the frame to something narrower is worse than cropping.
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Huh? Are you advocating watching films in the wrong aspect ratio? Do circles look like tall ellipses when you do this?

If a film was shot at 2.35:1, then the only way to watch it is at 2.35:1. Squeezing the frame to something narrower is worse than cropping.
Oh let me help educate you about Anamorphic Widescreen. Here's a link to The Digital Bits, he'll help educate you as he did me about this cool technique. It's really cool how it works, and it's a good site to get news about upcoming DVD releases and the such. But in short, the picture looks exactly how it is in 2.35:1, but just fills up more of your screen. As well as not wasting any scan lines on the black areas.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...hic/index.html
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Oh let me help educate you about Anamorphic Widescreen. Here's a link to The Digital Bits, he'll help educate you as he did me about this cool technique. It's really cool how it works, and it's a good site to get news about upcoming DVD releases and the such. But in short, the picture looks exactly how it is in 2.35:1, but just fills up more of your screen. As well as not wasting any scan lines on the black areas.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...hic/index.html
I've been educated about anamorphic images for over 20 years. I've been watching widescreen at home since I bought "Lawrence of Arabia" on laserdisc 16 years ago. I've got a 16x9 HDTV at home and watch anamorphic DVDs all the time.

If the image looks exactly like it does at 2.35:1 then it will be 2.35:1. If it's any narrower then either the sides have been cropped or the image is squeezed.

If circles don't look like ellipses then the image is being cropped.

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That's cool that you already knew about that. It just didn't seem it from the earlier post. I've used the Anamorphic Mode from time to time, but I personally don't like it. I know it works, but I'm so used to the big bars at the top and the bottom with a 2.35:1 movie, that if I don't have them it feels like I'm getting shortchanged with the picture. So I generally watch the movies "old school". My one friend is them same way, she's got a widescreen HDTV, but she doesn't use the 16x9 mode. She says if she doesn't have the bars it doesn't seem like widescreen to me. Even though she knows all of the benefits.
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That's cool that you already knew about that. It just didn't seem it from the earlier post. I've used the Anamorphic Mode from time to time, but I personally don't like it. I know it works, but I'm so used to the big bars at the top and the bottom with a 2.35:1 movie, that if I don't have them it feels like I'm getting shortchanged with the picture. So I generally watch the movies "old school". My one friend is them same way, she's got a widescreen HDTV, but she doesn't use the 16x9 mode. She says if she doesn't have the bars it doesn't seem like widescreen to me. Even though she knows all of the benefits.
Again: huh? Are you saying you've enabled the 16x9 mode on your DVD player while watching an anamorphic DVD, but viewed it on a 4x3 display?

And how does your friend not use the 16x9 mode on her HDTV?
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Hopefully this will clear up the confusion. The 16x9 mode is off on my DVD player as well as on my TV, which is a 27" Toshiba FST Pure Flat CRT square style TV. For the times I've used the Anamorphic options in the past I've turned them both on, which as I said I generally leave them off anymore.

My friend has a 46" Toshiba CRT HDTV Rear Projection TV with the widescreen style. She can select different playback modes with her monitor, one actually uses the Anamorphic picture and fills up the whole screen. The other one she uses actually leaves slight black bars at the top and bottom to give her the "widescreen look" she was used to having on her old 27" Sony Wega. I do believe she shuts off the 16x9 mode on the DVD player when she does this though.

Hope that helps clear it up.
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Hopefully this will clear up the confusion. The 16x9 mode is off on my DVD player as well as on my TV, which is a 27" Toshiba FST Pure Flat CRT square style TV. For the times I've used the Anamorphic options in the past I've turned them both on, which as I said I generally leave them off anymore.
So when you suggested using the 16x9 mode, were you talking about the 16x9 mode on the DVD player? Or does your 4x3 TV have a 16x9 mode?

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My friend has a 46" Toshiba CRT HDTV Rear Projection TV with the widescreen style. She can select different playback modes with her monitor, one actually uses the Anamorphic picture and fills up the whole screen. The other one she uses actually leaves slight black bars at the top and bottom to give her the "widescreen look" she was used to having on her old 27" Sony Wega. I do believe she shuts off the 16x9 mode on the DVD player when she does this though.
If the DVD is sending a 16x9 image to the 16x9 TV and there are black bars on the top and bottom then she's distorting the image. Most 16x9 TVs have a stretch mode to make 4x3 images fill the 16x9 screen, but you shouldn't use that on an anamorphic DVD.
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You are on the money. My 4x3 TV does have a 16x9 mode which you can turn on and off manually, as well as does my Toshiba DVD player. In fact I can hit the 16x9 button when I'm watching a regular TV show and it'll shrink the image to fit into the 16x9 window, I just do it for laughs. One of my other friends has a 36" HDTV Sony Wega (again 4x3 style) and his has the same user selectable 16x9 mode which works as I've explained before.

With my other friends 46" Widescreen Toshiba, I don't watch that too often, but she may actually be shrinking the image when she does that. I haven't watched hers in quite awhile.
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