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Old September 29th, 2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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16:9 on vhs

I transfered a 16:9 project to VHS.

The result is video that's squeezed horizontally into the 4:3 frame.

Now if the VHS player is hooked up to a widescreen TV, will the squeezed tape play back correctly - fill out the 16:9 screen with the correct proportions?

It's all quite confusing - thanks!
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Old September 29th, 2003, 04:27 PM   #2
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It depends on the monitor, but you *should* be able to find a setting that un-squeezes your video to fill the 16x9 frame.
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Old September 29th, 2003, 09:45 PM   #3
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You will need to select the proper mode on your widescreen TV. You should have the option to stretch 4:3 to 16:9. But it's probably going to look pretty bad at standard VHS quality.

Don't get confused! All DV is 720x480. But 16:9 DV is "anamorphic" meaning "changed form". Widescreen TV's stretch the video to fill the frame, but the resolution remains the same. The individual pixels just have a different (wider) aspect ratio.
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Old October 4th, 2003, 01:27 PM   #4
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"Now if the VHS player is hooked up to a widescreen TV, will the squeezed tape play back correctly - fill out the 16:9 screen with the correct proportions"

It should, yes.

I don't think it will look any worse than a letterboxed VHS movie played in theaterwide mode on a widescreen TV. In fact it should look better.

Just make sure you transfer to to a SuperVHS deck with an s-video cable and SP setting.
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