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Can't get 4:3 Aspect Ratio to Auto Letterbox

Discussion in 'TiVo Mini' started by QBiN, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You can't pick the SD menus on the Mini. If that option exists it shouldn't. However if you pick 4:3 it should letterbox the UI so it's not squished on your 4:3 TV. It should also effect the Zoom function so that Panel mode will letterbox 16:9 content and Zoom does a pan & scan.
     
  2. heelsbigc

    heelsbigc New Member

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    I'm having the same problem on my mini. No matter what option I choose it squishes the picture.
     
  3. sparkyonline

    sparkyonline New Member

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    I too ran into this issue, with my Mini hooked up to an old standard def television via the A/V Composite cables. I also had seen it work properly beforehand, but I couldn't help myself trying to tweak the video settings, after which point everything became, and stayed, squished.

    What worked for me (FIX):
    1. I went through Help to Clear & Delete Everything.
    2. I re-ran Guided Setup (which you basically have to do once it's been wiped).
    3. I was very careful to only select 480i output resolution, with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
    After that, I'm once again able to view 16:9 HD shows/recordings and use the Zoom button to cycle through Panel (letterbox), Zoom (chops off left and right sides), and Full (Squished). Note that it still displays the HD menus squished, without letterboxing, but it's functional, and I'm far more concerned with actually watching content in the proper ratio.

    I was not able to restore this any other way by just going through Settings > Video. As a matter of fact, I'm now afraid to even go back in there, lest I recreate the issue all over again. But, my Roamio can now freely record all the HD widescreen it likes for the main TV, and we can still watch those recordings on the older television in another room, in letterbox.

    I hope this helps.
     
  4. hanlan

    hanlan New Member

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    I did the same thing during setup...I chose 480i and 4:3
     
  5. don129

    don129 New Member

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    This worked for me as well. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
     
  6. heelsbigc

    heelsbigc New Member

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    THAT WORKED! Thank you. :up:
     
  7. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Active Member

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    I haven't really kept up on this issue... Now that the fall software is out, have they repaired the Mini's 4:3 aspect ratio issues? Do menus/videos letterbox correctly, or is the previous trick still needed?
     
  8. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Active Member

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    Bump. :)
     

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