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Recording to a DVD-Recorder

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kslates, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Ramsrule

    Ramsrule New Member

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    Sure, if everyone that's going to watch the disk has a widescreen TV.

    With me, that's not the case. If you leave the DVD incorrectly flagged as 4x3, when someone watches it on a 4x3 set, everything's scrunched into the 4x3 screen.

    Doing what I've outlined eliminates this issue. YMMV.
     
  2. cartrivision

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    OK, so you do it so that the DVD player knows to compress the video vertically and add letterbox bars when connected to and playing it on a 4:3 TV. I'm fine with the limitation of having to watch the recording on a 16:9 display to get the correct aspect ratio.
     
  3. Ramsrule

    Ramsrule New Member

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    Not necessarily the case if he's talking about the Zenith DVB-318. It indeed stretched all 4:3 content to 16:9

    It's a great upconverter over component when using the proper firmware.... the stretching of 4:3 content was it's only real drawback. I gave mine away to my brother when he bought my Sony 57" CRT a couple of months back since the two worked so well together.

    I'm now running a PS3 via HDMI to a Samsung 6187SAX LED DLP which also seems to be a very good combination.
     
  4. Ramsrule

    Ramsrule New Member

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    Yeah, other than 4:3 sets and some PC software not wanting to stretch the improperly flagged material, there's no real benifit to someone that's always going to stretch the content with their sets.
     
  5. highheater

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    Isn't this all about what I heard refered to as 'setting and passing the anamorphic flag'?

    Some DVD recorders (mostly Sonys) can set the anamorpic flag during recording such that material played back on either a 16:9 or 4:3 will display the material properly.

    Most recorders (tragically the 'best in breed' Panasonics w/o DVR and Philips with DVR) do not set the flag during recording (or set it improperly requiring the procedure outlined by Ramsrule to be reset correctly).

    But even before the DVD recorders can set the flag correctly or incorrectly, it needs to be told what the setting should be. Thats where differences in the sources become a problem.

    I can record video on my camcorder as either widescreen or 4:3 and pass both of those to the DVD recorder over a digital output like firewire.

    Likewise I've read at AVS Forums that Motorola STBs cannot pass widescreen content out the analog S-Video port. It seems reading here, that is not the problem with the Direct TV HR 21 as widscreen content can be sent out out the S-Video port.

    It seems this problem could be solved if all DVD recorders set the anamorphic flag correctly. Unfortunatly this is not the case and we are left with an endless and confusing set of permutations based on STB receiver, DVD recorder and even DVD-RAM and other media.

    Thanks to all above for their observations.
     

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