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Native ON/OFF with Harmony 880

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by MrKlaatu, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. MrKlaatu

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    Is there anyway to program a single button to toggle Native on and off? There are so many steps needed to do it now.
     
  2. davring

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    I am trying to think of a situation where that feature would be needed.
     
  3. harsh

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    If you perceived that native mode was beneficial and you were a hard core channel surfer, you might be inclined to turn native mode on and off.
     
  4. davring

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    With Native off channel changing times are reduced, forgotten that. The couple of extra seconds it takes to change a channel, with Native on, never mattered to me much.
     
  5. hilmar2k

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    The only way to do it is to create a macro using the activities. It wouldn't really save much time, as the remote would still have to go through all of the steps, but it would be only one press of a button.
     
  6. MrKlaatu

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    I normally watch TV with native off sending 1080i to my TV. Works great for HD shows and for 4:3 SD shows (which I watch in pillar box).

    When I watch 16:9 SD shows, you end up getting a window box -- black bars on four sides of the image. I want these shows to fill my screen.

    If I use 1080i CROP on the HR20, it over zooms and the top and bottom of the image get cut off. If I instead send a 480 signal to my set, the set will allow me to select 480 ZOOM which does the correct zooming and I lose none of the image.

    So, I want a quicker way to be able to change the setting on the HR20 without going through the many levels of menus or cycling through all the formats.
     
  7. MrKlaatu

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    Maybe I'll try it, but yeah, it won't be great.
     
  8. Richard L Bray

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    Holding the "format" button down for several seconds accomplishes the toggle. That info is included in the "Undocumented HR20 Tips and Tricks". I've confirmed that it works.
     
  9. trevorst

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    I don't think you will get the result you expect using native on. I wanted to do this also because my plasma has much better zoom capabilities. However the HR20 puts the bars into the picture signal if you choose 4:3 pillar box. So when you zoom on your TV you get a compressed picture with the bars... If this is incorrect please let me know what I am doing wrong because that is the results I keep getting.
     
  10. davring

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    SD 4X3 program, HR20 @480i; "stretch" the picture using "format" button, then use your set to zoom, crop, etc. You will (I do) get better results.
     
  11. trevorst

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    What I want is for the HR20 to just send a 4:3 picture so I can use the aspect ratio of "Just" on my plasma. It stretches the picture more on the outside and less in the center. It is by far the best way to watch 4;3 on my setup.
     
  12. MrKlaatu

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    When I turn native on for SD 4:3 letterboxed shows, and then use my TV to zoom it fills the screen and keeps the correct aspect ratio.
     
  13. MrKlaatu

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    Thanks. Just tried it and it sort of works for me. I am normally set to 1080i pillar box, so when I hold down the format button, first it cycles to 1080i crop, then it goes to native mode. So, when I switch back, I have to cycle through everything again.

    I wish I could toggle between "native off -- 1080i pillar pox" and "native on -- standard"... and eliminate everything else. That would let me watch:

    HD 16:9 in full screen mode 1080i
    SD 4:3 in pillar box mode 1080i
    SD 16:9 in full screen
     
  14. trevorst

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    I just tried it again. Set to native on the HR20 sends a 480i pillar boxed signal in 16:9 that includes the grey bars to my plasma. So the aspect control on the TV is of no use.
     
  15. davring

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    This does sound incorrect, discussed here at lenght, Native on, 480i stretch, now try setting your set to "just" . The 480i stretch picture is a complete frame without the HR20 generating the pillar boxes. Your set can then configure it to your choice because it has the full picture without any modifications. My Sony calls it "full".
     
  16. trevorst

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    Wow that is strange.... At first I couldn't see how that would work as it would send a stretched picture that was already 16:9. But it does....
    Thanks for the help. Although I still don't understand why it works ;-)
     
  17. davring

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    Your welcome, took me a while and a lot of coaching form VOS(Dbstalk member), to understand. Realy the HR20 is NOT sending a stretched picture at all, it is sending a complete picture w/o the pillar box.
     
  18. trevorst

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    Now I will have to put up with the slow channel changes as my plasma does a much better job of both aspect ratio and up-rez on the picture. About the only thing I am missing from my old Comcast dvr is the overide featue which allowed you to set all SD programs to be put out at a specific rez. Although this does the same thing it comes with a price of slow channel changes.
     
  19. davring

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    Whats a couple of extra seconds when you end up with a superb HD picture? :)
     
  20. trevorst

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    Not a lot.... I can live with it for the improvement in PQ.......
     
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