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Old 07-15-05, 04:21 AM
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Subtitles displayed on a 16:9 TV

I noticed alot of dvd's display subtitles on the bottom of the screen on the lower black bar on a 4:3 set. When watching the same movie on a widescreen set, do the subtitles actually move onto the picture itself being that there arent any black bars on the top and bottom of the screen?? I took a screenshot of Black Hawk Down so what am asking can be more clear. When watching the same DVD on my 4:3 set, the subtitle was actually much further down, not covering the picture at all, whereas on my PC it was half on the picture and half on the black bar.


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Old 07-15-05, 06:34 AM
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When you watch the movie in Anamorphic mode (which is what your computer is doing), the subtitles display on the picture. If the film is 2.35:1, then it might overlap into the black bar area (which is still visible on widescreen sets.)
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Old 07-15-05, 10:33 AM
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Subtitles

On a 16:9 tv the subtitles will not be cut off, rather than being displayed in the black bars - they will be displayed over the actual film.

You will of course need to change your dvd setting to let it know you are using a 16:9 tv and you will need to have your progressive scan feature on.
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Didn't I just say that? Plus, you don't need your progressive scan on.
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caligulathegod is correct, you do not have to be using progressive scan.
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Old 07-16-05, 11:14 AM
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Non-anamorphic DVDs are a problem sometimes. If you zoom them to fill the screen, you can chop off the subtitles. Try to get anamorphic whenever possible. This is a problem for me when I record movies on DVD since I haven't sprung for an anamorphic recorder. Obviously, I have to do this.
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Old 07-16-05, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Spiky
Non-anamorphic DVDs are a problem sometimes. If you zoom them to fill the screen, you can chop off the subtitles. Try to get anamorphic whenever possible. This is a problem for me when I record movies on DVD since I haven't sprung for an anamorphic recorder. Obviously, I have to do this.

what do you mean "anamorphic recorder"?
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Originally Posted by JZ1276
what do you mean "anamorphic recorder"?
He means a DVD recorder that will allow the recording of widescreen content anamorphically (not letterboxed, as most do now), so that you can watch it on a widescreen TV without zooming in.
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Yep. The nicer ones all have this feature. So far I've only picked up a cheapy, and I'm starting to regret it over this.

I might add, this also gives better resolution to the movie, always a plus.
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