Originally Posted by MovieSwede
Its really simple, you make a custom desktop resolution that create a 2.35:1 ratio. That way the HTPC send out a letterboxed image that you setup your projector after (zoom method).
With the right videoplayer, 2.35:1 movies will be played over the entire screen, and 16:9 movies will be shrinked to fit inside the 2.35:1 area with the right aspect ratio.
You dont lose any quality with 2.35:1 movies, but 16:9 movies lose resolution since they are shrinked. But you have the same resolution/inch for both formats so you have a constant resolution setup.
I'd like to try this with my current projector, just to see what you're talking about. I have an Optoma HD7100. Unfortunately, it's a 720p projector, and the zoom is 1.25 not the full 1.33. (My screen is adjusted to deal with the fact that I don't have enough zoom. I have a 16:9 area of my screen (no zoom at all), and a 2:35.1 area (max zoom and shifted) The good news, is that the HD7100 has really good lens shift for both the vertical and horizontal. I have to do it manually, but it's no big deal.
I'm hoping you might be able to answer me a few questions:
1. What custom desktop resolution should I create ?
2. What software (hopefully free) could I use to do this ?
3. What videoplayer (hopefully free), would I use to watch the movies ?
4. How much resolution do you loose when going back to 16:9 ? Is it that noticeable, or not too much ?
5. What happens to PC games that I play ? Do I set the games to the same resolution or just play them in the 16:9 mode ? It would be really cool to play my PC games at 2:35.1 type aspect ratio, if it didn't look too fake.
I might as well try this out on my current projector and see how things look, and then know what to really look for when I upgrade. Here are my PC specs:
CPU = i5 2500k 3.3 GHZ 6MB Cache LGA1155
Motherboard = P8P67 R3 LGA 1155 P67
Ram = G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600
GPU = Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti SOC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 video card