I have a Comcast Motorola 6412 DVR and am wanting to buy a DVD Recorder to archive shows from the DVR onto DVDs. My main priority is to get a DVD Recorder that will allow me to record 16:9 content (at 480i) onto the DVD, so that when played back on my HDTV it will be full frame 16:9. I know that means the source (my DVR) will have to send a squished 16:9 frame onto the 4:3 480i DVD recording. I don't care about the anamorphic flag being set, since I will not be viewing the DVDs on a 4:3 TV. I don't want the final result to have to be zoomed by the TV, since that cuts off part of the image. I know this has been achieved with other STB sources to a component input capable DVD recorder, but I'm wondering if it can be done with the 6412 (or other Comcast Moto boxes for that matter, I could always request a different version).
As I understand it, the Comcast Motorola 6412 DVR will not send squished 16:9 output via S-Video or Composite (it forces letterboxing), but I can't seem to find a definitive answer whether or not it can send 16:9 content via component output. I've seen claims that say 16:9 squished (anamorphic) can be done over component with the moto boxes, but I've yet to see that confirmed, meanwhile I've seen several other posts that say it can't be done over component either. At this point I doubt it...but I haven't given up yet...
The odd thing is that the 6412 has 480i as options in two different areas, "TV Type" and "HDMI/YPbPr Output". Under TV type, the options are:
- 4:3 Letterbox
- 4:3 Pan Scan
which leads you to think it can't be done. However, the options for "HDMI/YPbPr Output" are:
I'm wondering if the Moto STB was set to these settings if it would work:
TV Type: 16:9
HDMI/YPbPr Output: 480i
this would require the DVD recorder to accept the 16:9 signal and squish it, rather than it being already squished at the source, which is how I typically understand it would need to be. Hopefully someone has tried this setting, and can let me know if it works or not.
Has ANYONE been able to record full 16:9 content to a DVD recorder from the 6412? If anyone knows a way to achieve this, please let me know what setting combo it takes.