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Old April 21, 2011, 08:31 AM
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I had bought my Samsung Tv a few months back as a replacement for my TV and also to replace my PCs monitor, when I first started to watch TV on it I did notice that people looked a little shorter and fatter but ignored it but now I have decided to see if anything can be done about this. My original 27" tv which is from the 90s has a good picture but comparing the two TV well lets just say that the Samsung's colour is a hell of allot better and more true.
I have looked for settings but I am not sure which are what.
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Old April 21, 2011, 10:43 AM
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Seems like it's stretching a 4:3 ratio image to fit the entire screen, there should be a setting to allow the TV to display the picture as is. Sure, you'll have black bars on the sides, but the image will be correct. If this is happening during HD content, then it sounds like a zoom mode is enabled.
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Old April 21, 2011, 10:59 AM
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Yea, sounds like the signal being input into your tv is 4:3 and your TV is stretching it to fit it's 16:9 aspect. I don't mind doing this, because I want to use the whole screen, but some poeple don't like it. If you're talking about downloaded shows, well sometimes people encode it retarded.
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Old April 21, 2011, 12:13 PM
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Ok so this is normal then? its not a huge thing but some of the women on tv seemed to have plumped up a bit hehe
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Old April 21, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Personally, I don't like it. It annoys the hell out of me actually. If I try to watch stretched content, I'm pretty sure my head will blow up at the 15 minute mark. Anyhow, as stated there should be a setting somewhere. In my Samsung it's Menu->Picture->Picture Options->Size. Some cable/IPTV boxes also allow you to change the aspect ratio, so you might want to look into that as well.
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Old April 21, 2011, 02:57 PM
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The great majority of LCD widescreen tvs have a "Zoom 1 and Zoom 2" which is designed to convert a SD source (4:3 square/non-hd widescreen content) into something viewable on a widescreen TV. In fact, if you pay attention, you'll notice that a good portion (I'd guess at least 70% ) of prime time SD content is already being put out in a widescreen "letterbox" format (you'll see the black lines around all 4 sides if you're using 4:3). Zoom1 will typically put that over the entire screen in the proper aspect ratio (people won't look short/chubby), while zoom2 will typically push that even further by clipping off more of the left/right (typically better for full wide screen image which still displays the black upper/lower lines even while using zoom1).
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so that is what zoom is for?
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Old April 21, 2011, 04:54 PM
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Yep.... zoom is for watching SD content on a wide screen while keeping the proper aspect ratio. If its not being sent out in letterbox you'll end up clipping the upper and lower part of the image.

OTOH, As I said above... if you set your TV to 4:3 viewing (square) for all SD content (non-HD channels/source) you'll be surprised at how much of it is actually being sent out in letterbox/HD format which makes it perfect for using the zoom function.
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