[mythtv-users] Change LiveTV side panel when 4:3 on 16:9

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Mon Aug 21 23:58:56 UTC 2006

On 08/21/2006 12:16 PM, Joe Votour wrote:

>>Does anyone know if it's possible to change the color on the black "side
>>panels" that occurs when watching LiveTV in 4:3 format on a widescreen
>>16:9 TV?
>There's two kinds of 4:3 television that you're likely to get - what's
>really 16:9 with borders added to make it 4:3, and then real 4:3.  The
>first comes from HD channels where the show is non-widescreen, the second
>comes from a real 4:3 analog source.
>In the first case, the black borders are actually encoded into the signal
>(at least in the MPEG-2 files that MythTV is making for me from my DViCO
>FusionHDTV 5 Lite).  In the second case, I believe that it is the MPEG-2
>decoder adding in the black border.
>With a software change, I suspect that you might be able to fix the second
>case, but the first case would require actual MPEG-2 parsing and replacing
>to swap the color.

Although, if you simply want to cover the grey (, etc.) bars that some 
stations put around content with black bars, you can always use the crop 
playback filter ( http://mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-10.html#ss10.4 ).


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