I am using windows media center on a windows 7 computer hooked up to my high definition LCD tv. I have a tuner card in the computer so that it can receive and record television. The tuner is a standard analog tv tuner and I am getting standard (low) definition cable.
The end result is the picture appears as a "square" video on my screen, and there are black bars on the left and right sides of the picture - which is what I would expect since it is a low definition picture.
When I watch movies airing on some channels, these movies are shown in widescreen so the broadcaster fits the widescreen movie into the low definition picture, causing there to now be black bars on the top/bottom as well as the left and right. This is also expected and not unusual.
However, on most TVs you have the ability to "zoom" or "stretch" the video so that it fits the screen, typically there are a few options:
Stretch - causes everything to just get stretched to fit the screen
Fit - Zoom in so that it fits the screen while clipping some of the top/bottom of the video
16:9 - predefined zoom level for watching 16:9 movies
4:3 - predefined zoom level for a 4:3 video source (e.g. old game console, vhs player etc.)
My TV does have these options but are no longer applicable in my situation because everything goes through the computer, which is running in 1080p resolution.
I need to stretch the video from within Media Center. How do I go about doing that?
Samsung LN55C750 LCD TV
ATI Radeon HD 4890 video card
- DVI output goes to TV's HDMI input
- Running in 1920x1080x32 resolution
Windows 7 Home Edition 64-bit running Media Center
ATI TV Wonder tuner card
Low definition analog cable provided by Rogers Cable