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I have an X1 and for some reason it seems to me that the setting for the

16:9 ratio on the projector is useless. When I put the projector on 16:9 mode the the image for 16:9 and 4:3 movies are both stretched out. It seems to me that I should just leave the projector in 4:3 mode, is this right? Ideally I would like to just have a 16:9 screen to project on to but right now I can't because the 4:3's wouldn't fit, it would overhang on the top and bottom. I thought if I set the X1 to 16:9 mode it would crop the 4:3's to fit on to a 16:9 screen. So my question is, What the heck am I doing wrong? Sorry if this is confusing at all, I hope Ive explained the problem clearly.


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What you are seeing is correct.


Some projectors keep the width constant when you change aspect ratio modes, others keep the height constant.


Note that the projector cannot tell what aspect ratio the movie is, unless a flag was embedded, usually in the incoming video signal vertical retrace interval (the latter is scan lines 481 through 525 for NTSC composite video, S-video or 480i or 480p component video).


You choose the 16:9 mode or 4:3 mode on your projector depending on what looks better.


You would use a zoom mode (if available) to crop 4:3 pictures, or crop the black bars on letterbox non-16:9-enhanced pictures, to better fit a 16:9 screen.


Video hints:
http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/vidwide.htm
 

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Thanks for the link, some good info there. I do believe the X1 has zoom capability so I'll give that a shot tonight.
 
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