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It took me a while to realise, but since last November, I've been getting dashed 'overscanning' lines on top of the picture during rage... but only on videos that are encoded by them before February 2012. Here's a picture of what I mean, across the top left of the screen:
On other videos, the lines appear along the middle of the top of the screen.
It doesn't appear on videos rage have encoded since February 2012 (those with the larger, blurrier rage logo, slightly larger font, and duller/less-sharp picture), as you can see below:
If a clip with dashed lines appears before one of these later-encoded videos, they disappear completely when the new video begins.
It's only on rage I have noticed this, though I probably haven't burnt any other ABC recordings to disc, other than the rage documentary that aired last week (it isn't on that).
It affects recordings on both of my DVD-Recorders (different makes), one with an aerial-in lead, the other without (using a set top box), so it isn't due to my devices.
I can't see the dashed lines when I'm viewing rage on my TV through my DVD player/recorders, but only notice it when viewing a file on my computer. If I play one of these isolated files on my TV though a USB stick or device though, I can see the dashed lines.
There have been a couple of episodes where it hasn't been a problem for these encoded pre-2012 videos, but I can't make out what made those episodes different.
I've also seen it on ABC ME, though sometimes it's not the repeats there, when it appeared on the earlier ABC airings.
I figure it might be a broadcast issue, given that it doesn't affect the post-Feb 2012 encoded videos, and other things encoded after then, such as retro month repeats of Countdown and Rock Arena (thankfully).
The issue is that when the clips are played on computer, they do not have overscan. Without overscan, the full image is shown. The full image is not intended to be shown on television, therefore, you are missing out on some of the image when watching videos on television screens. Therefore you end up getting overscanning lines sometimes.
Yep this is just an overscan issue. You won't see the lines on a normal TV because they deliberately don't show the outer few percent of the picture. It's a legacy from analogue TV, to hide non-picture related information used to trigger the scan lines in old CRT tubes and also to hide time code information which is probably what these dots and dashes are. Arguably the overscan concept is redundant now in the world of fully digital TV chains, but it lives on, and probably will live on for some time.
If it seriously bothers you, you could always crop it out in a digital video editing programme.
I get no overscanning on my recordings!! I recorded Rage last night straight onto my DVD Recorder and took it off this morning to edit some videos and I didn't have any overscanning whatsoever.
From what I can see I don't get any of these overscanning lines on the top of my secreen
I don't play my DVD's on my computer, only on my DVD Player/TV ...
So they are only visible when watching on the computer?
At Jason B, very interesting!
I only watch my DVD's on my TV and not my computer, so this is why I am not seeing this on my recordings
I've seen the overscan lines on the ABC ME repeats before, but they haven't been there the last few weeks. Odd. But ABC is still affected.
I'm seeing the lines in all ratios on some videos when I'm editing on my Panasonic DVD recorder.
Wow, the overscan lines weren't there on this morning's rage Vault episode!
I'd like to think my email alerting rage to this a few weeks back had an impact, but the lines will probably be back on the weekend
The overscan lines now seem to be permanently gone.