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DVSP 16x9 Display on Flat Screen

1461 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2010 12:47 PM by Marco_Polo RSS
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Sep 17, 2010 1:20 PM
I’ve read a few posts on this theme, but I want to confirm that I have explored all possible options.

Here’s the deal: I shoot HDV (16x9) > FCP>Compressor >MPG-2> DVDSP. On a SDTV, the DVD puts out a picture that is letterboxed and the quality is fine, no problems. However, when I play the same disk on a blu-ray player with a flat screen (wide), the system automatically gets rid of the letter-boxing and shows my footage in full-screen (wide). At this point, there is no problem with aspect ratio. But, the problem is that by getting rid of the letter-boxing it blows up the original 16x9 video and I start to see mosaic-like block pixels.

I’m aware of previous threads pointing to automatic player behavior.

So, two questions:

1) On a wide flat screen, I would rather have a smaller video frame, even if it is letter-boxed AND pillar boxed, so as to hang on to a better resolution/pixel quality. Any way I can do that?

2) For wide flat screen viewing ONLY, is there a way for me to squeeze the original 16x9 in DVDSP (or Compressor) in such a way that the player will un-squeeze it, hence not blowing up the 16x9 image?


  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,580 points)
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    Sep 17, 2010 11:16 PM (in response to Marco_Polo)
    1) The display settings of the TV and the player (DVD or Blu-ray) have as much or more to do with how the program will be displayed than does the DVD authoring.

    2) Huh?

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