I have my HDTV, Satellite STB (Dish Network) and Mag 515 set up in the following way:
Sat STB to HDTV with HDMI cable
Sat STB to Mag 515 with S-Video and
Mag to HDTV with HDMI cable
Even though they are both set to 16:9, the actual screen size is much smaller when viewing/recording through the Mag vs. watching my HDTV.
Did I miss something in my set-up? How can I set the Mag recordings to record the same size 16:9 as it is when just watching "regular" TV through my HDTV?
Your sat box is apparently one that can't send a 16:9 WS signal thru its analog (composite or S-Video) outputs, so you'll need a converter that uses the Component RGB or HDMi outputs from the box, which are 16:9 WS, and maintains that WS signal to composite or S-Video for the Mag.
Here's also a help file with TIPS on recording from sat boxes.
There might be some info in there onWS that applies to your system?
P.S. If you're in a good area for OTA antenna signals, try adding an indoor antenna, scan for antenna channels, and get some bonus recording opportunities? Those channels will all be digital and many/most 16:9 WS.
Thanks again for the reply. I'm going to go with the "Sabrent HDMI to Composite/S-Video Converter 3RCA DA-HDRC" on Amazon that was in the article.
Now for the goofy question - how does this change my original set up? What connection changes do I make?
Here's my current setup:
Sat STB to HDTV with HDMI
Sat STB to Mag 515 with S-Video
Mag 515 to HDTV with HDMI
Sprakyle, connect HDMI out from STB to Sabrent converter, then S-Video + LR (WR) audio out to Mag. Same S-Video IN setting on Mag as before (unless you switch to Yellow RCA out).
If you have only one HDMI out on STB and want that to your TV direct for max viewing PQ, you can try the Component RGB converter... not quite as good but works. Unfortunately, I have no personal experience with the Sabrent converter and haven't heard of anyone else that has. I have to assume that PQ will be reduced but not a clue how much? The HDMI converter I have and previously reviewed has excellent PQ here in copying DVDs in my system... but then, I lead a charmed life.
I was really hoping you'd try the Sabrent and let us know how it works since it's sold by a well-known multi-product American-based company and my old source, Monoprice.com, doesn't carry the original Chinese Lenkeng model I had and reviewed.
I can only suggest you search for HDMI to Composite Converter, which will bring up LOTS of sellers with great unknown if they are counterfeits, which Lenkeng warrned about... saying one seller didn't have any R&D capability, just producing Lenkeng knock-offs.
I also had a $$ credit with Amazon, so I'm going with the Sabrent. I'll follow your directions to make my connection and will let you know how I make out.
Thanks again for your comments - truly appreciated!