Originally Posted by jkl25
whats up guys. I'm new at this blu-ray/upconverting thing. Picked up the bd-35 today to use with my px-75u panasonic. Its hooked up hdmi. I have some simple questions if someone can help me:
-I first tried a standard dvd to see the upconversion and was disappointed to see that i still had to stretch the picture. I was under the impression that a upconverted dvd would fill the screen without having to be stretched?? I went into the setup and toggled b/w with the tv aspect 16:9 and 16:9 full. In 16:9, it left the bars on the side and 16:9 full, it stretched the picture. I guess the question is- standard dvd's even though upconverted still need to be stretched?? or is there a way around this?
Damn. I think avsforum ate my post!
(At least the Dingo didn't get my baby). As others have answered, including me if the post ever re-appears, you can't make a "square peg fit in a rectangular hole." In other words, you can't get a "full screen" (4:3) DVD to fill a widescreen (16:9) TV screen without either zooming and cropping out the edges or stretching the picture to fit. You're not the first person to make the assumption that an upconverting DVD player will convert a full screen DVD to widescreen, but it's just not physically possible to do.
An upconverting DVD player simply de-interlaces the 480i content on the DVD to 480p then upscales it to 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution. It doesn't magically turn standard def into high def but a good upconverting DVD player can make standard definition content look sharper than it normally does. The BD35/BD55 do a very good job with upconversion, but there are some high-end TVs, receivers, dedicated upconverting DVD players and outboard converters that do an even better job.
For your old full screen 4:3 DVDs, you'll have to zoom/crop or stretch them, or just get used to watching them with the black bars on the sides. Ideally, dump them and get Blu-rays or at least widescreen DVDs to replace them. It will be better for your sanity if not for your wallet.
-Then i went with a BD casino royale. My tv is not a 1080p television but was told to set it up outputing the BD's 1080p and the tv would convert it. Is this what i should be doing for the best picture or should i be setting it up to output in 1080i??
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Yes, for your TV, 1080p is the right HDMI output setting on the BD55. Your TV will then take the 1080p signal and scale it to fit the native resolution of the TV which is either 1366x768 pixels (50-inch version) or 1024x768 (42-inch version).
Hope that helps.