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Topic # 21439 27-Apr-2008 09:13
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We have this setup:

Aerial -> Zinwell
Zinwell-hdmi -> Sony Bravia K series
Zinwell-composite -> Sony RDRHX950 recorder

The problem is that the output to the sony recorder is always totally enveloped on all sides - a small version of what is output to the TV via the HDMI cable.

I have tried messing around with the video format and aspect ratio settings of the Zinwell as well as the zoom on the TV but with no luck???

Any idea what we're missing here?
                                  




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  Reply # 126545 27-Apr-2008 10:31
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Is this with all material or just 4:3 source. For example, does the news room on both TV1 or TV3 have side bars or not.

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  Reply # 126548 27-Apr-2008 11:06
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It is with any material - so the whole picture is smaller overall but preserves aspect ratio within that smaller size




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  Reply # 126550 27-Apr-2008 11:21
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What happens if you remove the HDMI cable and just use the composite output?



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  Reply # 126891 28-Apr-2008 21:01
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Hi there,

Sorry about the late reply. It does do the same thing when the HDMI cable is taken out of the zinwell box.

It really is odd - the picture is smaller in all ways - including the on screen display.




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  Reply # 126910 28-Apr-2008 22:04
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also check that the output from the dvd is set to 16:9 and also in the dvd hdmi setup is an option for how the dvd handles 4:3 images



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  Reply # 127158 29-Apr-2008 20:35
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Thanks for that the problem is solved now.

For the Sony DVD/HDD Recorder I set the HDMI output for 4:3 images to be 'full'
For the Zinwell box I set the aspect ratio to be pillarbox

So now the image to the TV and the image to the TV through the DVD/HDD recorder are the same!

The setup I have now is:

Aerial->Zinwell
Zinwell-hdmi->Sony Bravia
Zinwell-composite->Sony HDD/DVD
Zinwell-aerial->Sony HDD/DVD
Sony HDD/DVD->Sony Bravia

So I can tune in freeview channels on the Zinwell, normal TV on the Sony HDD/DVD and record either/or and get full HD Freeview or Upscaled DVD on the TV.

The interesting thing is that there isn't a huge image quality loss with the HDD/DVD image of the Zinwell which is going through a composite connection that the DVD/HDD recorder then 'upscales' via an hdmi cable.




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