Emergency Help Needed Tonight!

CraftyCre8tor wrote on 4/3/2008, 8:29 PM
I made a beautiful, tear jerking DVD slideshow for my mother-in-law's funeral service tomorrow. I made it in full screen because I was told that they have a 60 inch full screen. I kept asking if they were sure it wasn't a widescreen but they said no. Said it was a box shape, not a rectangle. So tonight when we went to the viewing, I was told they made a mistake and it really is a widescreen. I couldn't test it out because people were using the room and I have a 50 inch full screen at home. I'm panicking now.

Will my DVD slideshow look okay on the widescreen? Do I need to re-do it?
If I need to re-do it, what settings should I chang? I've got 50 million things to take care of tonight and I'm not thinking straight, so if I have to change it, can you tell me the fastest way?


farss wrote on 4/3/2008, 8:40 PM
Your 4:3 content will play just fine. If the TV is setup correctly there'll be black bars on the side, that's all. Given that most stills are close to 4:3 leaving it at 4:3 does make some sense.

Nobody wrote on 4/3/2008, 9:21 PM
Bob's right. As long as their TV isn't set to do any stretching, you'll be fine.

Try to get some rest.
CraftyCre8tor wrote on 4/3/2008, 9:34 PM
Thank you so much for your answers, I can't tell you how glad I am that I don't have to change it. I worked on it until 4am and started again at 9am. I am beyond tired.

One more question though...
If their TV is set to stretching, what should I change it to?

I'm only going to have a little while before the service to check this out.

Thanks again.

Cheno wrote on 4/3/2008, 9:42 PM

Very sorry for your loss.

I'm not sure every television calls it the same thing but there is a display setting that takes the normal 4:3 signal and stretches it to fill the 16:9 - ugh - can't stand the look. But just take the dvd - fire it up and pause it, head for the television display settings and select the one that makes your piece look the best. - Like Bob said, it will pillarbox (black bars on the side rather than on top)

May this video help to uplift and heal in this trying time.

Nobody wrote on 4/3/2008, 9:42 PM
Usually (via the remote) you should be able to toggle between several different modes. One may completely stretch everything, one may zoom and crop the top and bottom, one may just stretch the edges. You'll want the one that doesn't do anything, probably called Normal or Natural.

If you've got a few minutes, just start then pause your video and toggle until it looks right (bars on the sides). Hopefully it'll come up right the first time and you wont' need to do anything.

EDIT: Sorry Cheno. Didn't mean to step on you.
CraftyCre8tor wrote on 4/3/2008, 10:17 PM
To everyone who replied:
Thank You
Thank You
Thank You

There's nothing worse then working so hard on something only to not have it work at the last minute. I'm even bringing my own portable DVD player just in case.

riredale wrote on 4/3/2008, 10:44 PM
On my 2-year-old Mitsubishi 62" DLP set, the display modes are:

Stretch Plus

We only use the first two. "Narrow" makes 4:3 video look normal, with black bars on the sides. "Standard" makes widescreen DVD's look normal (16:9). Good luck, but in a worst case, people will still appreciate the photos, and many if not most people don't seem to notice the spread when 4:3 is stretched to 16:9 (though you will!). Go figure.
ushere wrote on 4/4/2008, 8:53 PM
probably because of global obesity. most people look widescreen in real life nowadays....

i hope it all went well for you on the day............