DVDs labeled with "anamorphic" will provide higher resolution if you set your DVD player and monitor to 16:9 mode. Non anamorphic DVD title will behave like a regular DVD movie with no bump in picture quality. If you try to compress a non-anamorphic signal, then the picture may look "distorted".
Not all widescreen titles carry the "anamorphic" logo. Without the anamorphic coding, you will not realize the benefit of 16:9 mode. Always set your DVD to output 16:9 signal. And connect the component-out of the DVD player to the component-in of the monitor. When an anamorphic DVD is present, the Sony should switch to 16:9 mode if you configure the set to AUTO mode.
Joined: Nov 06, 2002
From: Santa Clara, CA
Posted: 2003-03-04 12:29
To add to that...
Anamorphic DVD's or "Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions" (same thing) are pre stretched virtically already in a 4x3 frame. When it's played on a 16x9 set, the TV stretches it horizontally to fix the aspect ratio and have everything look the way it should. This can also be done by squeezing it virtically (16x9 enhanced mode).
To take advantage of this you must set your DVD player to output 16x9 and you must play an enhanced (anamorphic) DVD. If the TV didn't squeeze it, you would notice that everything looks tall and thin, but by enabling the squeeze mode everything looks right and you get 33% more resolution by not wasting the scan lines that would normally occupy the area in the black bars. Instead, those scan lines are used in the actual picture and the black bars are "dead space" which contain no usable scan lines (unless it's a 2.35:1 ratio film).
A non anamorphic DVD is burned with the black bars in the 4x3 picture so no matter how you play it the TV will think that the black bars are a part of the picture because they were burned on the picture for that DVD.
The black bars will contain scan lines and theres nothing you can do about it. When these DVDs are played, the 16x9 enhanced mode should be off. The sony's have auto sensing which is awesome as it will read the DVD and automatically squeeze the enhanced DVD's. It's really a great feature.
Just leave your DVD player set to 16x9 at all times and your TV to Auto. The TV will take care of the rest.
Heres a little site that may explain anamorphic DVD a little better:
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