[quote="torrid"][quote="bigaljp"]Thanks for all the useful info. I set everything up fine and it all went well.
One question though - I was wondering if it is possible to change the Aspect Ratio. I have a normal TV - no widescreen - and when I switch to normal mode via the PS3 controller it cuts out the left and right side of the movie. Wide Screen has the big black bands on the top an bottom.
Can I change the picture to fit my screen?
Thanks in advance![/quote]
Those are pretty much your two options: You can see the entire picture, with the black bars on top and bottom or you can “fill the screen”, but loose part of the picture in the process. It’s unavoidable when switching from any wide-screen format to a 4:3 SD TV. A big factor in making the decision will be the size of your TV. If it is large enough that you can still enjoy the movie, go with the native wide-screen aspect ratio and see the entire picture. That’s what I did when I had a 50" (and even a 27") SD TV. But, if you are working with very small TV, you may want to “zoom” the picture to fill the screen. Depending on the movie, it may have been directed in such a way that it had TV broadcast in mind and you will not loose much.
By the way, even when you get your wide-screen HD set, which you will someday, you will still find thre are times there are bars on the top or sides of the picture. Source material comes in many different aspect ratios and there is no way to physically adjust the set so that they all fill the screen. (In a movie theater they can adjust the curtins to the ratio of the picture.) Personally, I would much rather see everything the director put on film than to fill my screen, just because it is there.
I have quite a big TV so the widesceen mode isnt bad. I plan to get a widescreen at Xmas so not long to wait!