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Panny TC-P60S30 Cuts Off 4:3 Picture. Why?

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I have a Panasonic TC-P60S30 plasma. I like it very much, but there is one problem:

When viewing 4:3 DVDs - this does not happen with TV channels, only with DVDs - in sidebox mode, with gray bars on the sides, the left and right edges of the image are cut off. Is this in any way fixable?

And why does this only happen with DVDs, not with TV channels? Does it depend on the brand of DVD player used? (My DVD player is a Sony BDP-S360 Blu-Ray.) I can't imagine that the TV would even 'know' what brand of DVD player is connected to it, or why it would react differently with one brand of player than with another.

Or does it depend on the HDMI cable? Would a newer version of HDMI fix this problem?

I suppose I could change the DVD player's settings so that *it* does the sideboxing, but the problem there is that the DVD player generates black bars, not gray. I don't want this damaging the display with burn-in. So I'd prefer to let the TV do it so that it can generate gray bars, not black.

Is there any way I can fix this problem?
post #2 of 7
Try changing the "H-Size" setting. See pages 45 and 50 of the manual.

http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/TCP42S30.PDF
post #3 of 7
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This has nothing to do with H-size. I already checked that.

No matter which "H-size" I checked, the TV always cuts off the left and right.
post #4 of 7
Also long as you also watch plenty of full screen content, the black bars will not be an issue. Let the player do the piller boxing and enjoy.


Ian
post #5 of 7
Set tv for Full, and let the DVD player either do Letterbox or Pan&Scan. I have my BD set for Lettbox for DVD's, which works out great.
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Also long as you also watch plenty of full screen content, the black bars will not be an issue.

Really? Hmm. I do watch mostly 16:9 content, but I also thought that burn-in was always a problem with plasmas, and that black bars were more harmful than gray. If either of these are not true, then that's great...I think

However if I watch a 4:3 show with black bars, then watch something else in 16:9, I am fairly sure I can see the image retention. That also makes me uneasy. But provided I mix the two types, image retention will not be permanent, I take it?
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Originally Posted by Babaganoosh View Post

Really? Hmm. I do watch mostly 16:9 content, but I also thought that burn-in was always a problem with plasmas, and that black bars were more harmful than gray. If either of these are not true, then that's great...I think

However if I watch a 4:3 show with black bars, then watch something else in 16:9, I am fairly sure I can see the image retention. That also makes me uneasy. But provided I mix the two types, image retention will not be permanent, I take it?

No, it shouldn't. I wouldn't mislead a Yankee fan.



Ian
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