We were looking at televisions in John Lewis this morning, with a vague idea of buying one that would play SECAM tapes, and were told by an apparently knowledgeable assistant that if we bought a wide screen one (and about 80% of the larger models are now like that), then even if you change the aspect ratio, if you play an 'ordinary' video there is a risk that either it will appear squashed down, or heads and feet may be cut off. Is this really true??
1. "RE: Wide screen televisions"
In response to message #0
yes, if you watch it in wide screen it will indeed squash the picture, but you can still watch it in 4:3 aspect and this will be as a normal non-wide screen television picture. This will then not cut off the head or feet of the dancers.
2. "RE: Wide screen televisions"
In response to message #1
Regarding SECAM I think it is critical that you have the right VCR machine that can play SECAM. I not so sure about the compatablity of PAL screen to a SECAM picture. It would be best I think to ensure that the video player can playback SECAM on a PAL screen.
Imagine ballet pictures being squashed to fit a 16 format. That is enought to drive all dancers to Anorexia. Derek Deane would run riot!!