Originally Posted by KO Abear
How much are you guys using the "auto load" feature for changing aspect ratios? At first I was leaving mine in auto all the time but I have begun to worry about all the wear and tear this is placing on the servo's when watching HDTV or even just watching trailers or extra content on movies. The source material can change AR's every few mins when commercials are on....movie trailers too can sometimes switch back and forth on each one. It just seems like a bad idea to let it cycle back and forth so much on non-critical viewing such as that. I have now taken to just leaving it in manual and set to 16x9 mode when watching movie previews and then just loading the 2.35 AR when the feature starts. What are most of you doing?
I still have my 4000 on auto zoom. It can be annoying, it zooms in during Sears ads, for example. And watching The Story of India documentary on BD, it zoomed several times for some letterboxed video segments. Would have been seamless and desirable in that case, except for the stupid PROCESSING message in the center of the screen, of course.
But usually it doesn't zoom much, mainly because we watch very little TV, mostly just movies.
If there were discrete codes for each lens memory, so I could go directly to them with a single button press, then I would turn off auto zoom entirely. Would also be great if there was a discrete code to toggle auto zoom, so I could turn it off before a movie, but it's buried in the menus.
Right now I have a Harmony button programmed to go to the next lens memory (I have 1.78, 1.85, 2.2 and 2.35 set up). But since the 4000 is unresponsive during zoom, I then have to press a second button to close the Load menu once it finishes.
I bought an RS232 receiver off eBay, but haven't made time to get it working yet. Once I do, and can access lens memories with one press, I may turn off auto zoom. Of course that means my wife won't bother to zoom her chick flicks properly, but they're mostly in 1.85 anyway.
I don't know if the lens memory hardware was designed for constant use. Since the Panasonic engineers didn't see a problem with flashing a processing message, they may have assumed this wouldn't be a frequent operation.