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Next summer I wiil be going with a large group on a long distancetrip. I plan to buy a videocam and make a video of the trip that can be downloaded onto DVDdisks. Each member of the trip will get a disk. Since I do not knowwhat type of TV or displaythey have at home, can one version of the disk play properly on both 16:9 and 4:3 displays? Will an old style 4:3display play 16:9 formatas a letterbox or will it ‘squish’ it down? Conversely, will a 16:9 display show a 4:3 format correctly?
Both TV types SHOULD display your DVD properly.
Most televisions have some form of aspect ratio control feature to accommodate playing a 4:3 image on a 16:9 screen and playing a 16:9 image on a 4:3 screen. And if the television doesn’t have such a feature, there is a good chance that the DVD player itself will have it.