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Old September 20th, 2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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Viewing XL2 16:9 Letterboxed Image via S-Video?

If I'm not mistaken, the XL2 manual says that I should be able to view a 16:9 letterboxed image on my monitor if I play out via s-video. All that I see is a squeezed image (albeit a beautiful one). Is there some setting I've missed? Maybe my monitor is too old to recognize this format? Did I read the manual incorrectly?

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Old September 20th, 2004, 07:14 PM   #2
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Evan, your monitor needs to havee 16:9 as a switchable option. If it's a broadcast monitor there's a good chance it does. If it's a Sony 8044/8045 for instance it will be an underscan switch on the back. Others like my JVC studio monitor (as I just discovered to my joy) has it as a menu option.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 02:37 AM   #3
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Evan this was recently discussed, I think you may have misread your manual, when played through an s-video it is 16:9 no bars, or a stretched image on a 4:3 monitor.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 11:53 AM   #4
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Upon rereading my manual, it does say what I thought. They just forgot to mention that you need a monitor that is switchable to 16:9 mode or a 16:9 native monitor.
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Old September 21st, 2004, 01:44 PM   #5
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So clear this up for me. The 16:9 footage shot on the XL2 will play back on a 4:3 television set WITHOUT s-video, as..... what? Letterboxed with bars? Squeezed 4:3?
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Old September 21st, 2004, 01:59 PM   #6
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Squeezed 4:3 thru composite input
squeezed 4:3 thru s-video input unless you have a 16:9 native monitor or a studio monitor that can be switched to 16:9.
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