Originally Posted by Church AV Guy
Check out page 44 and 45 in the EH50 manual.
I did read (EH50 manual page 45, step 6) and I still do NOT see the HIGH SPEED SILENT mode when using the transfer/dubbing list. All I can see is just the regular (High Speed, EP. SP, LP, EP6, EP8). NO HIGH SPEED SILENT mode is displayed!
Yes, it is NOT in that menu. It is an option you select further along in the process. Look at page 45 in the manual, step six:
elect "Start Dubbing" and press [ENTER].
Selecting the DVD drive speed
1 Press [up arrow] to highlight "DVD Drive Speed".
2 Press [left or right arrow] to select "Top Speed Mode" or "Silent Mode"
and press [down arrow].
Selecting "Silent Mode" means the noise generated by this
unit is less than "Top Speed Mode", however the time
required for transferring (dubbing) will double (approximately).
So, I went back to the setup menu and turned High speed dubbing OFF just to see what happens. Answer: NOTHING NEW!
I told you not to bother with this.
NOTE: As a test I am attempting to transfer a one-minute XP title to a 16x Verbatim DVD -- but NEVER have seen HIGH SPEED SILENT mode choice EXCEPT in my early use (2005) of the EH50.
Regarding 16.9 recording: the EH50 manual (page 22, step 5 starting "However....") states: 16.9 aspect programs are recorded in 4.3 aspect on HDD.
So in a nutshell,if I am correct, the high speed dubbing setting turns any recording into a 4.3 aspect title -- whether it is going to the HDD or DVD (except DVD-RAM) -- and the only way to see it fill up your 16.9 screen is to engage the DVD player or TV's "stretch setting" which actually distorts the image.
However you can set a DirecTV TiVo to "ZOOM" to stretch the picture proportionally to fill the screen -- preserving the picture's original aspect ratio without distortion and eliminates letterboxing and side bars that are present in the broadcast itself.
The manual is very poorly written in some places, and this is the worst example, and has been the source of many, MANY, misunderstandings by many people. In a nutshell, to use your term, the DVD recorders must adhere to the DVD specification. That spec was written long before 16:9 programming was available. Whenever you record anything on this machine, it is in 4:3 mode. If your signal source can squeeze the 16:9 image into a 4:3 space by distorting the picture, the DVD recorder can record THAT compressed video stream. It still contains (almost) all the 16:9 video information. The DVD recorder can record anything you send it as long as it's in the DVD standard of 480i, regardless of how the image may have been previously processed. When you play it back, you get exactly what you put in. You tell the TV to stretch the image and the proportions are restored and the picture looks great. There are no black bars in the image unless they were there to begin with.
The only DVD recorders that I am aware of that Panasonic makes that actually can set the widescreen bit in the finalized DVD are the EH59/69. They can set the bit, but only under some specific conditions. All the other machines leave the WS bit clear, which has no effect on the picture at all. The only thing the WS bit does is tell your DVD player to letterbox the video image if you have selected 4:3 as your televisions aspect ratio. Other than that it has no effect, so its presence or absence is immaterial.
To repeat: Setting HS dubbing on or off has no effect on the aspect ratio of what you are recording. The manual is incorrect when it says this.