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Change Aspect Ratio

Last Updated: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 > Related Articles

Summary

Learn how to change your aspect ratio.

Solution

1

Verify the Video Output setting matches your TV, which is either standard or high definition. 

  1. Press the SETTINGS button, then the A button.
  2. Use the arrow buttons to highlight the Audio/Video preference.
  3. Press SELECT.
  4. Scroll to Video Output Format and press SELECT.
  5. Highlight and SELECT the standard or high-definition option that matches your TV resolution (refer to the TV manual):
    • 1080i Wide - for a 1080i HDTV monitor that has a widescreen (16x9) oblong shape
    • 720p Wide - for a 720p HDTV monitor that has a widescreen (16x9) oblong shape
    • 480p Wide - for a 480p TV monitor that has a widescreen (16x9) oblong shape
    • 480p Std - for a 480p standard TV monitor that has a standard (4x3) square shape
    • 480i Std - for a 480i standard TV monitor that has a standard (4x3) square shape 
2
  1. After selecting the format, press the right arrow to display the following additional options.
    • Sidebar 4:3 Pic
    • Stretch 4:3 Pic
    • Preserve 4:3 Pic - 480p
    • Preserve 4:3 Pic - 480i
    • Zoom 16:9 Pic
    • Letterbox 16:9 Pic
  2. Highlight the option that describes how you want your TV to handle black bars. 
    • If you chose a Std 4x3 format, the options for displaying 16x9 programs are:
      • Preserve 4:3 Pic - 480i - no black bars; makes actors look slightly squeezed thin
      • Letterbox 16:9 Pic - leaves the black bars on top and bottom, and no cropping or squeezing the picture
      • Zoom 16:9 Pic - cuts off some picture on either side to make the picture fill the screen 
    • If you chose a  Wide 16x9 format, the options for displaying 4x3 programs are:
      • Stretch 4x3 Pic - no black bars; makes actors look slightly stretched sideways
      • Sidebar 4x3 Pic - preserves the black bars on either side; and no cropping or stretching the picture
      • Preserve 4x3 Pic - cuts off some picture from the top and bottom to make the picture fill the screen.
  3. Press the SELECT button.

    Result: A Warning message displays.
  4. Press SELECT again to accept the changes.

    Result
    • If you selected a format supported by your TV, then another message displays that you must press the A button within 15 seconds.
    • If you do not see the message to press the A button within 15 seconds, then you selected a format unsupported by your TV; and videos and menus may not be visible. Go back and select another format.
  5. Press the A button, then the EXIT button.

 


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