Originally Posted by HoTatII
You mean the Elite can actually zoom in on a 16:9 SD letter-box image and then squish it horizontally back to 4:3 at the same time?
How do you tell the Elite not to squish back to 4:3 if you only want to zoom in a 16:9 LB picture which is what is normally needed?
Yes, it does it all at the same time. Of course, with the “Zoom” setting, 16:9 pictures will indeed appear squeezed. The Elite has a quite a few other settings, however, and one of those may work, but I have never felt the need to just zoom in on anything I was watching, so I never explored this.
But that's the problem, Escape and Grit's pictures are really already in 4:3, then in turn within a 16:9 box inside of it (i.e. it's a window-box image). Now if the picture inside that 16:9 box is stretched 4:3 as it is on some of the older movies they show there is no "common" way to un-stretch it.
I am not familiar with Escape or Grit. But I really hate the practice you are describing. You do often see this on many commercials (but who cares about commercials?). Fortunately it is rather rare now on programs, but occasionally one does pop up. Since the picture is shrunken, it has much fewer pixels than the original, so even if you can zoom in on it, it will lack the clarity of the original. I never waste my time watching any of these broadcasts, which are, fortunately, rare.
Well, the problem I have here is that as I explained awhile back my stupid TV (and as many others behave unfortunately), defaults to 4:3 when receiving 16:9 SD channels like COZI, Movies! (finally) along with all other 16:9 SD channels. And I have to manually switch the TV to widescreen and back when I'm finished viewing the channel.
When I use the “Full” setting, which is the correct one for HD broadcasts, both of my sets display all 16:9 SD broadcasts, like COZI, Movies! etc., perfectly. That is one big advantage - one setting “to rule them all.”
Just crop or center-cut unless there is a specific Pan & Scan version they're telecasting.
Sometimes opening the program with the old familiar and nowadays quite sickening message ...
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I hated those condescending messages, too. Even some early DVD’s showed this, as I recall. As I said, they are living in the past.