Originally Posted by reggie44
Wajo - thanks for all your great work - w/o your help I believe I would have returned my new 535 by now due to its complexity.
Here's my issue - I've read all your stuff about aspect ratio and settings for same. I set up my Mags downstream form my cable box (time warner) in order to record HD premium channels (sports package).
I set the mags to widescreen aspect but although a HD channel (eg NFL Red Zone) shows full wide screen thru my cable box - when I record it / view it thru my mags I'm getting "shrunken" wide screen - full width but black bars top & bottom. Seems to be proportionally correct but smaller (not full scree)
My cable box doesnt have s-video out - I'm connecting bax to mags w/ coax only
what to do? fixable?
To record 16:9 WS programs on digital channels via the coax, you need to set the Mag's Video > TV Aspect to "16:9 Wide" and your HDTV to its Wide setting. I think that's all you'll need to do with your current config.
However, I'd recommend a different config. you can try if you'd like, where the Mag might be able to record some channels alone instead of being a "slave" to the box (box must be on channel you want to record).
First, connect the Mag 1st on the incoming coax, or on one leg of a bidirectional 2-way splitter. The Mag's coax circuit is just a passthrough (and slight amplification) of the incoming signal so the box won't know it's there unless you order PPV/VOD thru the box, which is when you'll need a splitter so the box has a clear path back to the head-end for "ordering" purposes
Then, assuming your box does have composite YWR RCA out, run that to the Mag's L1 (AV IN) connector on the back of the Mag. That will record any channels the Mag can't tune by itself. Select that input as the "Source."
Then, do an Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) and see what, if any, channels the Mag can tune by itself. Those you'll be able to record in full 16:9 WS by setting the Mag for Video > TV Aspect > "16:9 Wide". Set your HDTV on it's Wide setting, whatever name that is.
In any configuration, if you run composite YWR (if it has that) to the Mag, the box may not output 16:9 WS thru that connection (many don't, esp. Motorola). If so, for those channels that require the cable box to tune, you'll need a filter/converter on the box's output to the Mag that will retain the WS asspect. That converter will ALSO strip CP. Here's just a couple of cheap converters, many more available at higher prices dep. on your PQ "sensitivity."
Those converters can also take n HDMI out of the box or a COmponent RGB, so those are options also.,
Edited by wajo - 1/20/13 at 11:03am