Originally Posted by David_OSU
When I set the HDMI output to 16:9 wide, it will stretch 4:3 material to the full width of the screen. This is OK for anamorphic DVDs, but 4:3 DVDs also get stretched and don't look right. When I set it to 16:9 compressed, it outputs everything at 4:3 aspect, including anamorphic DVDs.
On composite or S-video output, I use the TV menu to switch between 4:3 and wide (for anamorphic). But on HDMI, my TV is locked to 1:1 pixel mapping (which it should
), so I have to rely on the DVD player to do the switching. It should be automatic (based on the DVD anamorphic flag), but it isn't.
Sorry you're having some difficulty with this. The 16:9 TV Screen modes seem to be working OK on my 410V though.
The 16:9 (Wide)
mode linearly stretches 4:3 DVDs to fill the 16:9 screen (as it should). And the 16:9 (Compressed)
mode pillarboxes 4:3 DVDs so they display at ~4:3 ratio in the HD modes. Both
modes leave the 16:9 DVDs alone though, so they display at their normal 16:9 ratio with no pillarboxing.
The 16:9 (Compressed)
mode also automatically switches between 4:3 pillarboxing and 16:9 display when the DVD contains mixed content (e.g. some 4:3 and some 16:9 movie trailers). So as far as I can tell, both modes seem to be working as they should for standard DVDs via HDMI. (Verified this with the THX Optimizer's AR tests, and a couple 4:3 and 16:9 DVDs.)
I haven't tried any video files to see how it works with those though. And am using the original Pio firmware that came with the player (ROM VERSION: YJB8223B), if that means anything.
The player's 4:3 pillarboxing is only designed to work in the HDMI HD modes btw. If you're using one of the analog outputs (composite, SVHS or component), or have the HDMI output set to 480i/p, then the player will not pillarbox 4:3 DVDs so the AR adjustments can be performed by the display.