Originally Posted by JOMO-1080
Thanks JJeff. I had seen Randy's post and it was the best I've read. I did what he suggested. However, when I tried to zoom the TV, the two zoom options for picture size were not selectable (I'm not sure why). In any case, I'm looking for a solution where I can record programs to DVD and have someone else play them back without too much effort.
Since your TV's Zoom options were not selectable, i think maybe your TV does not give you the ability to stretch or zoom an "HD" signal (720p, 1080i, or 1080p). Since your EZ475 is connected to the TV via HDMI, i suspect that if you have the EZ475 set up to output an "HD" signal to the TV that is rendering the TV's Zoom setting to be unavailable (this is the case on my older PX50U plasma and Sharp/HP LCD TV). Not all TVs can stretch or zoom an "HD" signal, but my new-ish PZ700U plasma does
give me the ability to stretch or zoom an HD signal which is how i got rid of the gray bars on the recording i made of the Peter Gabriel concert. However, all of these TVs can stretch or zoom a 480i or 480p signal . . . . .
So if your EZ475 is indeed set to output 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, try changing it to output at 480p instead then play the program again and see if your TV's zoom function becomes available and if it is now able to zoom the image and get rid of the gray bars.
If that doesn't work, it's possible that the TV doesn't allow you to stretch any signal that comes over HDMI
, so maybe try connecting the TV with Component instead and see if your zoom becomes available with the EZ475 set to output 480p. If zoom works here, then remove the component cables and re-connect your HDMI cable and see if the TV will still zoom the image.
I'm puzzled why the HD signals are reduced in size. Could it be that the S-Video cable only transmits SDTV? Is this the SD version of an HD broadcast?
Yes, i think this is the reason why an HD program recorded on your DVR is output with the gray bars - it's downconverted to SD since "HD" can't be transmitted over S-Video.