Originally Posted by jjeff
I get the exact thing with my local ABC channel whenever they broadcast upconverted SD(which is much more often than I care for since they have no way of storing and rebroadcasting HD)
The only true HD we get from KSTP is live network HD. All rebroadcasts are upconverted SD which looks like crap IMO The line is a form of VBI and like you said, any overscan will get rid of it
but I dislike overscan even more than the line so I just ignore it.
Ditto. I don't often see it with OTA broadcasts but the "dashed line" ugliness pops up frequently on cable. Mostly it shows as the top border of material framed as 4:3 letterbox. Only way to get rid of it is use the zoom control on the TV.
Originally Posted by Scott_111
One thing that I noticed after I got all of this working is that when I am using the component video connection, I can utilize all of the picture view settings on the TV (i.e. widescreen, full screen, etc.). If I use the HDMI input, none of those screen settings are adjustable. I'm still not quite sure why that is happening though.
This is a super-annoying glitch with many HDMI systems: anything connected to the TV via HDMI and set to 1080 output resolution will disable some or all of the TV framing controls. HDMI/1080 assumes all video it passes to be true 16:9 anamorphic, any SD video framed as 4:3 or letterboxed 4:3 will be distorted. The only workaround I've found is to lower the HDMI output resolution of the player.
This probably won't help with your specific problem. but since you asked where the frame edge cropping feature is located in Sony LCD televisions, you can access it by:
Arrow down to Settings>
Arrow down to third icon, a rectangle with four arrows in it>
Menu label at top will change from Picture to Sound to Screen>
Arrow right to get into the screen settings>
Arrow down to Display Area>
Options are "Normal" and "-1"
Choosing -1 will zoom slightly to crop the edges of the screen (masking most intrusive VBI issues).
Choosing Normal returns the TV to full image display.
Note: the Horizontal and Verical centering sliders are disabled, these only work when the TV is connected to a computer source.
Mostly this is handy for playing digital dubs of old VHS tapes that sometimes have a lot of junk noise around the edges of the frame that were typically masked by the old CRT television screens.