OK, I've been tearing my hair out on this one.
My Lite-On 5115GHC+ ALWAYS outputs its VTS-.IFO file with a 4:3 aspect ratio. I am trying to do some 16:9 shooting with my Panasonic GS300 camcorder (chops the 4:3 from top and bottom and calls that 16:9, really). My Magnavox TP2784C TV seems to play the "16:9" video at full screen w/o top and bottom black bars (people are stretched thin) no matter how I set the Playback Aspect Ratio in the Lite-on setup menu. The TV has no aspect ratio adjustments in the menu that I can find. The TV is probably 7 or 8 years old.
I suspect my TV first and the camcorder second (since its not true 16:9), but I would like some info on how the DVD recorder decides what to write in the VTS-.IFO file as far as aspect ratio.
thanks for any advice.