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Difference between Anamorphic widescreeen and letterbox with regard to DVDs?


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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Allan

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Posted November 15 2001 - 06:09 AM

I was just wondering if someone could explain the difference between anamorphic widescreeen and letterbox with regard to DVDs.

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#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Evan A

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Posted November 15 2001 - 07:30 AM

anamorphic is the same as "widescreen enhanced"

Immagine a regular 4:3 square tv. On letter box the dvd only puts out the standard widescreed with the black bars on top and bottom. On anamorphic the dvd can scale so you get what looks like a vertically streched image across the entire 4:3 surface. It is a scaleable picture. If you have a WEGA (like me hehe) you can squeeze that picture into the standard leterbox format. In this process all the resolution lines get squeezed and you get a MUCH better picture.

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#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted November 15 2001 - 08:11 AM

For a comprehensive, easy-to-read explanation (complete with illustrated examples), follow this link to The Digital Bits' Ultimate Guide to Anamorphic Widescreen.

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[Edited last by Michael Reuben on November 15, 2001 at 03:13 PM]
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