Originally Posted by marksjones
1) Someone told me that Progressive scan is only available with an analogue connection, so component. And that you cannot have progressive scan with DVI ( so a digital signal), correct?
2) When I have the Denon on the 720P setting with the HDMI to DVI cable (Based on Question 1, I assume this is not Progressive, due to the non analogue connection) the screen does not use the total avalable TV space, instead it has a black border all around. If I use the 1080i setting the screen uses all the available space in 16:9 format. Is this normall that the 720p does not use the whole space that the TV provides?
about your two questions:
1. When you are using the HDMI digital connection of your player, you don't need to take care about "progressive scan", it works in this way: when on the player you are using a progressive video mode like 480p, 576p, or 720p (the "p" character means "progressive"), the player will do the deinterlacing operation, and it will send a progressive signal to your TV. Instead, if you will use an interlaced video mode, like 480i, 576i or 1080i (the "i" character means "interlaced"), the player will not do any operation, and it will send the original interlaced signal to your TV. At that point, your TV will do the deinterlacing and scaling operation to the native resolution of your display, and you will see the images in progressive mode in any case, because all the digital displays (LCD-Plasma) are working in progressive mode only, while (for example) most of our European CRT TVs are able to accept interlaced signals only.
To get the best video quality from your setup, you should always made an initial check with the 576i/p, 720p and 1080i video modes on your DVD player. If the DVD player is able to do a better deinterlacing/upscaling work than the TV, you will get the best performances by using the 720p or 1080i modes, otherwise the best setting could be 576i/p (PAL mode for europe).
2. I don't own a 1920 at the moment, so I can't explain you in detail, but if the video settings are the right ones on both your DVD player and the TV, you should always see full screen images on your display, nevermind what video mode you are using on the DVD player. Have a look at the manual of your TV at first, I think there should be a setting like "auto" to recognise the input video mode or the aspect ratio (or something like that). Check also the manual of the player for the same things.
Hope that help.
Best regards from Italy