Originally Posted by bodhi78
...Our Mag DVDR does record in anamorphic format...
Can you (or anyone else) confirm this is the case?
I'd understood from WAY back (even to the Philips 357x's) that our machines depend on the setting that tells them what type of display device the recording will be played on when making a recording.
If you tell it you're aiming at a 4x3 TV, a widescreen recording will have the black bars put in as part of the recording and there's no way to get rid of them. To later play the recording back on a widescreen set, you'd have to set the TV itself to "zoom", with the picture being blown up so the black bars are pushed off the screen (and the picture being made a little low rez as a result).
If you tell the machine to record with a widescreen display in mind, it'll record a widescreen channel without black bars, and if you try to play that into a 4x3 set, no black bars will appear. The whole widescreen picture will be squeezed into the 4x3 display, everyone looking tall and thin.
In short, it will NOT record a widescreen broadcast as anamorphic. It doesn't have the capacity.
Anamorphic would mean a widescreen recording somehow adds black bars when appearing on a 4x3 display, leaving the aspect ratio correct, the widescreen picture being letterboxed. On a widescreen display, tho', the video will simply fill the screen, no black bars, the picture still in correct aspect ratio.
I don't believe our Philips/Maggie machines are able to do anamorphic recordings, and if someone here knows better, please tell me how to do it. I'd love my recordings to be made in a way where they'll still look all right down the road when/if I eventually get a widescreen display.