Originally Posted by chewdogg10
Sorry Wajo.. That is what I read and I think got overwelmed by the amount of info there. Let me lay out my setup for you... I have a DirecTV HR21 and connecting it to E2 on the back of the DVD Recorder with a S-Video Cable+RCA. I have the HR21 res set at 1080i. Can you highlight or point out what settings on the DVDR I need to change and where I physically change those at? Thank you wajo!
Sure... Your DirecTV HR21 is supposed to send a WS signal via its S-Video or Composite outputs if you set it correctly. I don't have a sat receiver but others have told me the H20 and 21 have "settable aspects" but I don't know where those settings are, so you'll have to find that setting first. It may relate or have an effect on the S-Video and/or Composite outputs... not sure, but that's what you're aiming for. You also need to send the 3576 480i rez, so that might be a part of what you're looking for in the H21 menus.
Then, you have the correct S-Video+L/R audio connection to the 3576 on the back, which is E1 (not E2... E2 is the front S-Vid/Comp connection).
Now, you should also have set the 3576 Video > Video Input to S-Video In (default is Video In which is Composite).
Finally, set the 3576 Video > TV Aspect to 16:9 Wide. This will correctly record 16:9 WS programs, but it doesn't set the "WS flag" that makes the recording anamorphic so it gets auto-letterboxed when played on 4:3 TVs.
In my long WS help file, I explain how I record everything with TV Aspect set to 16:9 Wide and get full WS rec from digital WS channels, and also full-screen 4:3 pic on my 4:3 TVs with only a very slight "squish" that's hard to tell except when I rec my favorite test channel, digital TNT, which has a perfect-cirlce logo so any aspect changes are immediately noticeable in the cirlce logo.
P.S. If your friend records his WS programs with the TV Aspect on its default setting of 4:3 Letter Box, ALL his digital WS recordings will have bars on top and bottom, even when played on a 16:9 TV! (Analog channels are not affected by that setting.) Everything will loook squished horizontally and you'll have to find a TV zoom setting that fills the screen, but it'll still look squished. That's why I leave my 3575's always on TV Aspect of 16:9 Wide for everything.