Originally Posted by dave43
Originally Posted by avsmurf
Does anybody know why anamorphic widescreen 1:2.35 DVDs looks either slightly squished left to right in STANDARD mode or slightly pushed top to bottom in STRETCH mode when using component video? DVI remains perfect. Puzzled.
Have to try to find another 1:2.35 disc.. not sure I have one.
Anyone know the anwer to this question. I think he means anamorphic 2:35:1 and I have the same issue. I chose standard and I got pillar boxes. I thought standard was the universal way to display the aspect ratio correctly. When I hit fill I have bars on the top and bottom which is the way a anamorpic video should be displayed. Any thoughts?
Sorry folks. I had prepared a post on this but then pulled it to do some reworking after realizing avsmurf was using an upconverting player.
STANDARD is the mode HTPCers are using for 1:1 pixel mapping. But that's not necessarily the mode you want for a conventional DVD player.
If you're using a 480i/480p DVD player, then I think this post
pretty well covers it. Summarizing...
- Set player to 16:9.
- Use FILL on TV for Anamorphic (ie Enhanced for 16:9) DVDs.
- Use STANDARD on TV to watch Fullscreen DVDs with pillarboxing. (Good for 4:3 Fullscreen content if you want to see the entire image, but letterboxed Fullscreen DVDs will have black bars on all sides.)
- Use ZOOM on TV to expand Fullscreen DVDs to fill the width of the screen. (This will remove the black bars from the sides of Letterboxed Fullscreen DVDs. And it will crop the top and bottom of 4:3 Fullscreen DVDs.).
You may notice some distortion with the above, but it should be fairly minimal. My recollection is that STANDARD stretched Fullscreen content a little in the horizontal direction to fill the screen a bit more than a precise 4:3AR would, while ZOOM stretched Fullscreen content a little in the vertical.
If you notice distortion on Anamorphic content using FILL, that's probably due more to inconsistencies/variations in authoring and video transfers. I have noticed for example that Star Wars and some other "scoped" 2.35AR films look a little more horizontally stretched/vertically squashed than some other Anamorphic titles. But I'm fairly sure that's normal for those titles on most displays, and just the result of inconsistent authoring.
All the above applies to 480i/480p players.
If you're using an upconverting DVI/HDMI player with 720p/1080i, then I'm less sure what AR(s) would be best to use on the TV, since you'll be making some of the AR adjustments with the player itself. So my advice would be to experiment and see which combination of settings give you the best results.