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VCR/DVD Instructions

Do not attempt to use the controls on the Plasma Display or VCR/DVD. All inputs should be made on the AV Control Panel!

Do not turn off the power to the display or the VCR/DVD with the controls on the front of either device. Pushing the Off button on the AV Control Panel will power down both devices.

If the controls do not respond, press the appropriate input select button (DVD or VCR) again.

To view a VHS tape on the VCR/DVD player:

  1. Power on the Display and VCR/DVD player by pushing the On button on the AV Control Panel.
  2. Push the VCR Input button on the AV Control Panel to select VCR output.
  3. Load the VHS cassette in the VCR/DVD player, and press play (on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel) to begin playback if cassette does not automatically start playing.
  4. NOTE: The default Aspect Ratio for playing VHS tapes is Normal Aspect mode. You will see gray bars on either side of the screen and possibly black bars on the top and bottom (depending on the source material on the cassette). To eliminate or minimize them, press the TV/VCR button (on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel).

    The first press will select Full Aspect, and a second press will select Auto mode. In the Auto mode, the Plasma Display will automatically select an Aspect mode that maximizes the amount of material displayed on the screen. Note that some video distortion may result. To return to Normal, press the VCR Input button. Read more about Aspect modes.
To View UI Television on the VCR/DVD Player:
  1. Power on the Display and VCR/DVD player by pushing the On button on the AV Control Panel.
  2. Push the VCR Input button on the AV Control Panel to select VCR output.
  3. Use the Tuner and and down buttons on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel to select the TV channel you wish to view. See the note regarding the gray bars above.
To View a DVD on the VCR/DVD Player:
  1. Power on the Display and VCR/DVD player by pushing the On button on the AV Control Panel.
  2. Push the DVD Input button on the AV Control Panel to select DVD output.
  3. Load the DVD in the VCR/DVD player and press play (on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel) to begin playback if the disc does not automatically start playing.
  4. NOTE: The default Aspect Ratio for playing a DVD is Full Aspect mode. To select a different Aspect mode, press the TV/VCR button (on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel). The first press will select Normal aspect, and a second press will select Full mode. Read more about Aspect modes.
  5. To select items from menus on the DVD, use the controls on the DVD & VCR Control section of the AV Control Panel.

AV Control Panel

AV Control Panel

 

Plasma Display Aspect Modes

The Panasonic High Definition Display is capable of displaying several different aspect ratios when viewing source material. The appropriate aspect ratio will depend on the source hardware as well as the source material.

VHS cassettes will contain 4:3 aspect ratio content, either full screen or letterboxed (with black bars on the top and bottom).

DVDs may contain either 4:3 aspect ratio content (either full screen or letterboxed) or content enhanced for widescreen TVs (in the original aspect ratio of the source material).
Computer output can be in any aspect ratio, but will likely be 4:3.

You can directly select the Normal, Full, and Auto modes via the AV Control Panel depending on the source. In the Auto mode, the Display will choose a mode from those listed below to provide the maximum possible image size.

  • Normal—4:3 aspect ratio (standard definition TV)—gray bars are present
  • Zoom—16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen TV)—no picture distortion but sides of image are not displayed.
  • Full—16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen TV—the displayed image will be distorted (horizontal stretching).
  • Just—16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen TV)—displays image at maximum size with no distortion in the middle part of image. Edges will appear horizontally stretched.