Lens Memory Settings from Panasonic

So you’re watching “Forrest Gump” for the 161st time. The film ends. You dry your eyes and then switch over to “How I Met Your Mother” for a little comic relief.

Only you forget that you were watching “Forrest Gump”, which was shot anamorphically, in the 2.35:1 format on your super wide screen. “How I Met Your Mother”, like most TV shows, is in the 16:9 format. Doogie Howser, er I mean Neil Patrick Harris’ face spills over the screen.

Time to climb up and manually adjust the projector’s zoom and focus so that the image fits on your screen, right? Not if you own a Panasonic PT-AE7000U or Panasonic PT-AE8000U.

Panasonic was one of the first projector manufacturers to introduce lens memory settings. This allows you to save the zoom and focus settings for super widescreen images, like movies shot anamorphically, as well as for narrower films shot in the 16:9 format. Where you used to have to do this all manually, now you just press a button and let the projector do the work while you grab another beer.

This is especially useful for those with a 2.35:1 format screen who don’t want to shell out for an expensive anamorphic projector lenses.

See below for a video demonstration by Rena Yotsu, a product manager at Panasonic and good friend of Projector People.