Question

Why doesn’t the picture fill the full screen when I use Automatic or Normal picture format? How does the picture look on my TV when I select Automatic or Normal picture format?

Answer

Note: Availability of format options differs based on your TV model and input video signal resolution and type. Please read the user manual of your TV for specific information about your TV’s format options.

Automatic or Normal picture formats produce the best looking image format without distorting the aspect ratio of the input video signal.

Automatic or Normal picture formats use the dimensions of the video signal (i.e 480i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p) vs. the dimensions of the actual picture within the video signal, which can be in numerous different aspect ratios to display a picture on your TV screen. This prevents the aspect ratio of the image from being distorted (where people look short and pudgy, and circles look like ovals).

Below are a set of images which provide a good visual representation of how the Automatic or Normal picture formats look under different video signals and pictures framed within the video signals:

Note: For a 1080i/1080p video signal, if you want to view the entire picture with 1:1 pixel mapping (i.e. 1080p picture on a 1080p screen, if your TV is 1080p) without the 5% overscan which crops the picture on all four  sides, please select Unscaled picture format for best performance.

Note: For a 480i / 480p video signal, if you want an image like the one which is shown above to fill more of the screen you can use other formats such as Zoom, Super Zoom, Movie Expand, Movie Expand 14:9 or Movie Expand 16:9 based on your personal preferences and their availabilty based on your TV model. These other formats are especially useful when the entire program and not just commercials are being letter-boxed & pillar-bared at the same time (which cause black bars on all four sides).

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