How to Make a DIY Widescreen TV in 5 Minutes!!





Introduction: How to Make a DIY Widescreen TV in 5 Minutes!!

Make your own sleek wide screen display in about 5 minutes (maybe less if you're one of the cool kids ;) Really easy to do - Looks great when it's finished!

Step 1: Grab Your Gear - TVs and DVDs

Grab 2 TVs, relatively the same size. It doesn't matter how old the TVs are, just as long as a modern DVD player can be hooked up to it. Set them side by side with as little space between them as possible.

Step 2: Prepare the Movie - Make a "Backup Copy"

Now that your TVs are hooked up to your DVD players, go to your computer and make a "backup copy" of the movie you'd like to watch. If you don't know how to do so, see this tutorial using DVD Shrink.

Insert the original movie into one DVD player, and the backup copy into the other DVD player.

Step 3: Zoom Zoom Zoom!

Press play at exactly the same time on both DVD players. Now, on your remote, press the Zoom button. If this button isn't on your remote, it's probably in your DVD players resolution settings. Adjust the zoom to X4 on both players. Then, press the left and right arrow keys to shift the frame to the left and right sides of your TVs.

Step 4: Sit, Relax, and Enjoy!

Congrats! You've just saved a few thousand dollars by making a wide screen TV! Although there is a bar in the middle of the action, the money you've saved is definitely worth it - Especially if you're a starving college student.

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    64 Discussions

     So, saved money you say? but you bought 2 x tv's and 2 x dvdplayers + 1 x blank dvd disc :-P

    but yeah, I know it's meant to be funny and I give it a 3 on the dice.

    1. It would be just as expensive to buy two tv and two dvd players as just getting a widescreen. 2. Copying a DVD is illegal. 3. You loose part of your picture between the tvs. sorry but that's not really a good idea.

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    it's perfectly legal if it's for your own personal use only it's illegal if you distribute that copy, even to an individual person. i make backups of all my dvds, they're just on my hard drive, to be burned in the event of damage to my dvds.

    joe is right. if it's for your own use, its legal. and yes, i own an original copy. So...yes, it was legal. And no, i didn't sell it.

    Actually, in the US, if you break encryption or other copy protection measures, it is still illegal whether you own a license to the original or not. All thanks to the DMCA.

    i hate the dmca and the idiot persident clinton who signed it in to law!! i'm in favor of the Digital Media Consumers' Rights Acts (look it up on wikipedia)

    What about the Congress that passed it unanimously? Even if he vetoed it, they still could have pushed it through.

    EHEM hes not "breaking encryption or other copy protection measures" its a DVD not like he has to break something to copy it.

    i have the same software and i even have a software to create the ipod format for the dvd so i can watch my dvds on my ipod. all free software off the internet.

    by your own do you mean ones you bought or ones you recorded if its one you recorded im sure you can copy it if its one you bought you still cant LEGALLY do it

    Sorry for using a vernacular, what I meant is circumventing copy protection. While there are unencrypted and non-Macrovison enabled DVDs, almost all new releases (for example, 300) do have copy protection enabled. The tutorial linked is a how-to on breaking encryption.

    A one-to-one copy is possible with encryption intact, but it would still not fall under any interpretation of "fair use" I've heard of, and still be a violation of copyright.

    Copying a DVD isn't illegal. As long as your keeping the copy and your own the original. Most people buy a dvd and only use the original to copy it. After that they never use the original again.