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4:3 letterboxing question

Old 02-07-01, 02:21 PM
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Other than the zoom feature, is there a way on a DVD player to adjust the letterboxing ratio?.

For example, I find that the black bars on 2.35:1 DVD's are too big. Is there a way to adjust this without losing too much detail?
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Old 02-07-01, 02:26 PM
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no ther way that i know. and even the smallest zoom will cause you to lose a lot of the OAR.
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Old 02-07-01, 05:08 PM
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I saw the feature "multi aspect ratio" (or something like that) on some players. I guess this just would be the ability to do 4:3 and 4:3 letterbox conversion?

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No, the aspect ratio is inherent to the film, and thus the encoding. You can, as you suggested, zoom in, but you aren't effecting the AR, you are just cutting off part of the image (the sides).

Some Televisions may also similarly manipulate the image, as16:9 sets can often 'expand' 4:3 data to fill the screen, but it is detrimental to the image.

2.35:1 - 2.42:1 AR films, that you are referring to, were filmed anamorphically and can be the hardest for people to adjust to, if they aren't used to letterboxing. But if you wish to view the entire frame, as it was filmed, you must get accustomed to the 'extreme' letterboxing or get a larger TV
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Sorry...but i don't think there is!
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Old 02-09-01, 09:10 PM
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Thanks for the responses.

I actually have a 43" Sony and can handle the "big" letterboxing, although I prefer the 1:85.

I also have the sd1600, and with the x1 zoom the picture degredation is not too bad and fills the screen better.

I have a problem with disk compatability however and was thinking of returning it for a different brand (Pioneer 333).
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What other players have you checked

I am in the market for DVD Player. So far, I like SD1600 and Sony PVDS560D. What do you think of Sony DVPS560 vs. Pioneer. Saw weekly B&M sales at http://www.SalesCircular.com. Like the features for AIWA that does MP3 as well
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