I notice now so many DVD's are Anamorphic Widescreen or the 2.35:1 ratio.. Its weird to not see many 16:9 1.85: 1 Dvds any more.. So any thinkin maybe a projector company will do a Anamorphic Widescreen Projector?
Not quite sure what you mean by anamorphic projectors. If a projector is widescreen as many are now. They already know how to unsqueeze the picture. Remember that 16:9 non-anamorphic DVDÂ´s will still show black bars on a 16:9 projector.
I was thinking about this before I bought my projector a long time ago. I got a 16:9 proj for a couple of reasons - I mostly watch HD and DVD on it, a little 4:3. Now, as you say more movies are 2.35. So I have bars on the sides for 4:3, full for 1.85 & bars on the top for 2.35.
Thought about getting a lens to streach like those with 4:3 proj do for 1.85 - but not sure if this would work.
Originally posted by PhilB a 4:3 -> 16:9 like the original panamorph or the ISCO will make a 16:9 native projector image into 2.35:1.
I just did the math, I never suspected. (4/3)^3 = 2.37, which is pretty darn close. As (4/3)^2 is 1.77, adding an anamorphic lens meant for 4:3 to 16:9 conversion goes the rest of the way, well, 1% too far, but I bet that the abberations caused by any anamorphic lens would be more significant than that.
What sort of videoprocessor can output a properly formatted signal for such an arrangement? Does it take into account that the vertical position isn't the same between all DVDs?
re: "Anyone think that there will ever be a Anamorphic Widescreen Projector?"
Yes- it's called the PLV60/13HD.
I have owned both a Panamorph P752 and an ISCO2. I tried these lenses with my previous XGA LCD projector, a Mits X100.
IMHO, the results I get with the PLV60 are superior.
I feed a progessive, anamorphic 1024x768p image to the PLV60 from a HTPC. The PLV60's "Full" mode then does the anamorphic horizontal stretch digitally, the same thing a commercial cinema or ISCO2 does optically.
Since the HTPC does the digital-domain de-interlacing and scaling to 768p, and since the PLV60's scaler is well regarded and is only scaling in the x-direction, this approach gives me a "digital domain ISCO2" .
Yes, I could feed a 1360x768 signal from the PC, and I probably will once I get the pixel-perfect timings at 1360x768 worked out. I have pixel-perfect aligment in 1024x768 mode in the center of the PLV60 LCD panel now, so using the PLV60 "Full" mode for a "digital ISCO2" is a great solution for simplicity and quick changes from XGA gaming to DVD movies (one resolution does-it-all)
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