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Old September 2nd, 2009, 03:15 AM   #1
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Aspect ratio switcher?

I operate a Canon XH A1, which of course can't output letterboxed 4:3 SD video. And of course, I have a sweet little Sony 13" Sony CRT field monitor that I can't use, because it stretches my 16:9 image into a 4:3 image, making monitoring useless.

Is there a cheap device out there that will convert a 16:9 signal into a 4:3 letterbox signal, so that I may use my free monitor?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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What kind of monitor do you have? Analog? Isn't it possible to "squash" the image into 16:9 proportion using the vertical size control? On some models these controls might be inside the case and you will need to open it up (DANGER - high voltage stored in condensers can zap you even when it is unplugged!)

With Sony TV's you can enter a "secret code" using the remote control to enter service mode and adjust all kinds of parameters, including this. I used it to turn my Sony WEGA 4:3 TV into a 16:9 monitor a number of years ago. Try googling with some terms like "sony service mode 16:9" for info on this.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 02:04 AM   #3
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No vertical size control on this thing. Any more suggestions anyone?
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