Hi,new member.I have a hdr-fox t2 which has recently started to go into zoom mode.I have tried the wide button on the remote to no avail,but I have found that by changing back to tv and back again on my tv remote it works ok.does anyone know of an easier way?thanks.
These functions are accessed by multiple presses of the WIDE button or the Menu >> Settings >> Preferences >> Video options. Presuming your TV is widescreen (16:9) and the screen ratio is set to 16:9 on the Humax, none of "Zoom", "Pillarbox", or "Auto" (the three options available) will have any effect on 16:9 source material.
If the material is 4:3 however, "Pillarbox" presents it as 4:3 (ie undistorted) with black regions to the left and right filling the 16:9 screen. "Auto" stretches it horizontally so that the original 4:3 frame now fills the 16:9 display (but everything is short and fat). "Zoom" expands the frame to fill the width of the screen, but cuts off the top and bottom.
Problems sometimes occur when a broadcast is 4:3 material intercut with 16:9 ad breaks. The codes sent to switch between the formats are either not transmitted correctly or are missed at the receiver, and then either the 4:3 content or the 16:9 content can be mis-displayed.
However, as you are fixing your particular problem by switching the TV rather than the Humax, I suggest the problem lies with the TV (confirmed if the WIDE options do not resolve it) - or it is simply a format switching error between ads and programme as noted before (and the HDMI resync forces a reassessment). Note that cycling the VFORMAT also forces an HDMI resync.
The WIDE button and menu options do exactly what I have described over HDMI, they are adjusting what the Humax actually transmits over the HDMI interface by scaling the source image into the pixel map defined by the VFORMAT setting. I have not tested what it does on the SCART/phono outputs.