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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by -Draino-, May 30, 2010.
Just curious as to why anyone would use Pillar Box Format over Original Screen Format
Because on some TVs, Original Format displays like stretch.
Stretched SD is horrible, IMO.
Pillar box format would be used for 4:3 material. To use the full screen of the new 16:9 tv's you would have to stretch the 4:3 image horizontally, thus distorting the image. I personally would rather have the black bars on the side of native 4:3 content vs distorting the image.
It seems so misleading. I have a local channel (WMUR 9) that is only SD on DTV. I always knew the picture was streched and looked crappy. But when I see "Original Format" if figured that meant....well original format!!!
When I tried pillar box it had huge bars on the sides but the picture in the middle looked good.
So pillar box is for broadcasts that come down 4:3 from the satellite?
A lot of it just depends on your TV. Original Format sends down the signal just as DirecTV gets it from the broadcaster. This means no processing, letting the TV do all of the conversions. So, different TVs may handle it differently. None of my TVs have done anything but stretch the picture. However, I don't buy high end TVs with high quality video processors.
To expand a bit.
If you set it the box to pillar box, stretch or crop, the box will output a 16:9 image. Most TVs then will lock out any of it's formationg for pillar box, various levels of zoom, stretch, etc.
Original format does nothing to the image. The TV sees it as is, allowing you to use the tv formatting features.
Have Native OFF, Pillar Box on every HDTV.
Never want SD stretched.
The only formats I ever use are pillar boxed and cropped for those rare occasions when a 16:9 show is presented letterboxed in a 4:3 frame. (lots of on demand stuff from anime network is like this)
Exactly the way I want it, too Sixto. I am an original aspect ratio stickler and cannot bring myself to watch a 4:3 stretched.
Even the HDNet VOD comes windowboxed
My TV stretches SD on Original Format as well, so I always leave it in Pillar Box mode.
It seems strange since to me, the original format of SD programming is always 4:3 (not what the channel is showing, but how it is sent) so I would think Original would be 4:3 on SD channels and 16:9 on HD channels.
As a useless bit of trivia, if you have an HD box on a 4:3 TV like I do in my bedroom, the Format button changes slightly. It offers Letterbox, (reverse) Stretch and Crop. This allows one to show the full 16:9 HD programming letterboxed, or to crop off the ends and fill the screen.
It is funny to me how commercials often have the pillar box and widescreen format applied at the same time. I often just get a very small widescreen shaped commercial with black all the way around.
On my two sony's in the tv menu screen is set to full.With original format sd is stretched,with pillar box is pillar box.
Most of the time i watch sd it is stretched.But tomorrow it might be the outer way around.
Basically, Pillarbox displays the SD channels in 4X3 with your selected chioce of side bar color....Gray or Black are the only options I think. Original format sends only the video signal so the TV decides how it is displayed.
Some TVs will recognize the Aspect Ratio in the SD programs while others will not. If yours does not and you have it set to Original Format, then the SD programs are stretched to a 16:9 image.
On my DVR, I have 'Native Off'', 1080i, and Pillarbox rather than Original. I find this combination gives me excellent results.
Native Off, Pillar Box on all my TVs as well... Never watch SD stretched.
Never watch SD stretched. Not for me. If it's stretch by the program provider, I either don't watch it or try to covert it back to 4:3.
That crap is the reason I still have the SD versions of TBS and TNT in my favorites list, as I cant stand that stretch-o-vision crap they do.
I was at a friend's house last week and showed him how to set his HR23 to native off and pillar box. He was thrilled. But he said his girlfriend freaked out and told him to tell me to quit messing with her TV. He tried to explain to her that stretch=distorted and bad. She thinks the black bars are worse.
Since it's his TV and his DVR he is keeping it the way I set it and that this is his proverbial "line in the sand".
Well they are not talking right now. And I am happy to say, that it's pretty much all my fault! :lol: