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OK... This has to be a stupid question, but I'm confused so what the hell.


OK, if you're watching a DVD, you can usually set the DVD player to send a widescreen signal, 'squished' so that if your viewing device is 16x9, you get a full screen image. right? Basically, it takes away the black bars, and squishes the image on the screen, for the display device to 'unsquish'.


What happens if you are watching a video source, that is letterboxed, but doesn't 'pre squish' the image? Say a VCR or DSS?...


If you're watching a letterbox program, such as ER on network TV, what screen size setting do you use?


"Full" distorts the image, because with the letterbox bars, it's designed for 4:3 TVs, and even though the program is "widescreen", everyone looks fat because the bars havn't been removed.

"Normal" dosen't use the full 16x9 chip, and the screen isn't filled. In addition, since it's displaying 4:3, with letterbox bars, your screen is quite tiny and only a fraction of the LCD chip is used. Not cool.

"Zoom" Zooms too much, and the top and bottom of the image are cut off.


So what's the deal? How does one supposed to watch letterbox programming with a wide screen projector?


For "full" to work properly, you would need the image to be sent "squished" so when the player streatches it, the aspect ratio is correct...


Can someone help me with what must be a most basic question...


Thanks,


-Jason W
 
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