Originally Posted by ArnieG13
I just don't get it. I called Panasonic and they tell me widescreen recording is only possible on this unit with DVD-RAM discs. It also indicates this in the manual. You and user Metaspherz ("Easy to use, great widescreen video quality")on January 26 on CNET say you can do it on any DVD type. Several posts from several sources say it cannot be done. If it can be done why would Panasonic say it can't? The CNET post tries to say how to do it but I don't understand the explanation. Do you agree with his method?
I have a new Samsung model 630, a Dish model VIP722 HD DVR, connected via HDMI. I have purchased this EA18K and S-Video and anither HDMI (all of which I can return to Target if need be. Can you tell me how to connect the EA18K to get widescreen recordings on DVDs other than RAM type.
I just don't get it. Why would Panasonic make a DVD recorder that will not record widescreen to DVDs other than RAM? My initial use will be to copy old tapes (not copy protected) to DVD. Then I would like to record some TV broadcasts to DVD in widescreen but Panasonic says it can only be done in 4:3 format. What gives? At this time who would want a DVD recorder that will not record in widescreen?
I'm not 100% certain but, here goes....My understanding is that whether you will see a widescren picture depends on the tv you're watching the Panny on. If you watching the Panny recording on a regular 4:8 tv, and record a local digital channel oon a dvd-r or rw, you will see the slightly squished like this..
If you watch that same dvd-r/rw on a 16:9 display, the tv will strech the image to widescreen like this..
The first image is how a recording looks on my 4:8 tv, while the second is how it looks on a widescreen tv. So you can record a widescreen image, but if you lend the disc to a friend with regular tv, the video with appear squished in a box.
These 2 screencaps are from Smallville, recorded to a dvd-rw on a Pan EZ48. I used a dvd authoring software program to capture the first in 4:8, then reset to output 16:9, which is what I do to preserve WS format when making a dvd.
You may need to go into the Setup menu to set the EA to display 16:9, under TV Screen>TV Type" 16:8.