I've been struggling with Transferring & Playing some recordings from my Lite-On 1105HC+ to my PC. No matter what i tried they ALL came out as 4:3 aspect ratio, even though the source was widescreen. This has the effect of squashing the picture (i.e. faces are narrow and long). The video size is actually 720x576, Aspect Ratio is reported as 4:3, and is 25fps (recordings taken from UK Digital TV).
I can get a reasonable playback using VLC Media Player and selecting 16:10 ration (If I select 16:9 it doesn't alter it [i.e. stays at 4:3]). Also, by a lot of messing around I have managed to recode a small clip to get it into a 16:9 ratio but at some quality loss and this is far too time-consuming to do on larger clips.
Having searched these forums it would appear that the Lite-On(s) don't record in 16:9 ratio at all! is this true?
So, it looks like it takes a 16:9 picture and squashes it into a 720x576 "container". I am able to play these back in widescreen mode on the TV but surely at some quality loss.
Is this a common problem with DVD recorders?