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Old 01-03-2007, 03:28 PM
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Offset Issues

I'm getting some black space on either side of my screen.
When I use the auto adjust feature on my monitor the video takes up the full
screen. This is inconvenient as it messes up my desktop when I leave full
screen mode. Is there anyway to fix this? I tried the offset feature, but it seems like each channel is a little different. I have my aspect ratio mode set to source.

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Old 01-03-2007, 03:46 PM
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TVs overscan the picture so you don't see the black part but your monitor doesn't, so you just need to adjust the aspect ration setting to something larger than 100%.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:49 PM
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In addition to adjusting the offset, try to adjust the zoom width/height to make the video slightly bigger. It is ok to have some of the video overflow the screen, since in normal TV viewing, there is around 5% of overscan.

The broadcasters use that overscan to make sure that there is video on the entire screen, without leaving any black space. Differnet TV's have different amounts of overscan, so the broadcasters put in extra overscan to compensate for it. With Sage, we can adjust the screen so we can see "everything", even the stuff regular people can't see. But if you adjust it too tight, you will sometimes get some black space if the video is smaller than your adjustment.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:33 PM
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Thanks

That worked. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:43 PM
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What is it best to have the aspect ratio set to? Source, fill, 4x3, 16x9?
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:20 AM
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Here is how the guide defines the different aspect ratios:
Fill - Stretch the video to file the SageTV playback area
Source - Use the video source information to determine the playback aspect ratio
4x3 - Force playback to fit the video into a 4x3 ratio area
16x9 - Force playback to fit the video into a 16x9 ratio area

So Source works well on DVDs, because the video contains aspect ratio information. So a widescreen anamorphic DVD that fills the full 720x480 video will be displayed letter boxed on a 4x3 screen.

You can use the other aspect ratios however you want, but you have to overcome their natural shape if you use them differently.
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