Originally Posted by Randybw1
I've had mine a couple of weeks, just got it setup on Thanksgiving, loving it so far. This is my first projecter and I'm wondering if there is an idiot's guide to these things....I've gotten my little knowlege from these forums. I put up a piece of gator board that is 2:35.1, I plan on painting it (another project
) , just haven't had a chance yet. Because I'm an idiot, I have yet to get an image to display at this setting? I just don't see a 2:35.1 in the menu, can someone please point me in the right direction?
You're not an idiot, it's simply not obvious. What the AE4000 does is provide a set of six lens memories. It's up to you to use the zoom, focus and position adjustment settings to create settings for 16:9 and 2.35 material and save them in lens memories. Name them something like "16:9" and "2.35:1". Then you can enable the auto zoom feature, and select the two lens memories you created. Once you've done that, the projector will see the presence or absence of black bars at the top and bottom and load the appropriate one.
See this post
for a quick guide to setting up 16:9 and 2.35 lens memories. For my setup I also created a couple for 1.85 and 2.20 aspects. Many movies are in 1.85, and some of my favorites, like 2001, are in 2.20 aspect.
Note that pressing the Lens button twice will bring up the Load Lens Memory menu. I created a sequence on my Harmony remote to bring it up and select the next memory. However, you must also define a button to send the Return command in order to dismiss the menu once it's done--it ignores all commands while the PROCESSING message is displayed, and I don't know of a way to put a delay in a Harmony sequence.
I'm still debating whether to leave the auto zoom feature enabled. While usually convenient, especially for my wife, it can be annoying when it zooms in and out when you don't want it to. Would have been perfect if Panasonic didn't insist on flashing that stupid PROCESSING message in the center of the screen for ten seconds.