Originally Posted by m. zillch
Jjef, got it . Thanks. Too bad WS flags don't get recorded properly though, if they did then one could record anamorphically all
the time and 4x3 TV playback would be accommodated as well since the machine would know when to unsqueeze and present LTRBX or P&S if one had selected that in the playback options menu. Broadcasts do have
the flag don't they?
There are some DVD recorders that will record the WS flag but they won't set it. I have 2 Pioneer DVD recorders that both recognize and record the WS flag when present on the source material.
I have two sources of "WS-flagged" widescreen programs.
1. My DV camcorder has a setting for "widescreen" that actually outputs anamorphic video with the WS flag included.
2. For recording from HD widescreen programs stored on my HD DirecTiVo, I connect the video using S-video and audio using L+R analog stereo cables. I add a converter box in series with the S-video connection. That box, Video Filter, adds the WS flag/signal into the VBI portion of the video signal.
From either of those two sources, and from edited WS DV movies from my Mac computer, I get excellent recordings of widescreen programs with the WS flag that enables DVD players to letterbox or pan and scan widescreen shows just like you would with an "Enhanced for Widescreen" commercial DVD.
Again, both of my older Pioneer DVD recorders (210 and 520H models) record this way fine. According to the user manuals, the newer Pioneers also recognize and record the WS flag.
Some Sony and Toshiba recorders actually allow the user to specify insertion of the WS flag while recording. I have not owned either of these, so I can't say which models.
The video recordings look excellent, mainly because the source is very clean video.