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Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about movie aspect ratios, from their history, why we need them, and optical physics that help define them. Topics such as soft and hard matting, constant image height projection, and comparisons of television, computer and movie aspect ratios are explored.
I know I haven't listened yet, but I have to toss something in, and this comes from a lifetime in photography, including two degrees from one of the top photography schools in the country. Focal length does not change the shape of the face. That is the result of changes in distance between the camera and subject. It actually has nothing to do with focal length. Yes, the two are inter-related in some senses, but all those examples you see "proving" this misconception, including the article linked above (read some of the comments that explain what's actually going on), are due to changing the distance between the camera and subject, not focal length. I'll spare you all an explanation that nobody here wants to wade through anyway. Sorry for the somewhat off-topic rant.
Interesting topic, though. It's probably something most viewers don't put much thought in to.
- Jun 10, 2003
- Real Name
- Josh Steinberg
The new Apple show I sampled (Morning Show) is also 2:1.
HBO seems to be holding at 1.78:1 but that’s probably more of a legacy holdover from their days of “everything must be full screen” - expect that to change as other prestige productions continue to leave traditional TV ratios behind.
- Apr 4, 2005
- Real Name
- Joel Henderson
ICYMI, I've been doing a thread of shows shot with anamorphic lenses and how they're presented...https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/tv-shows-in-scope.360427/
- Jul 17, 2009
- Real Name
- Nick Dobbs
This is becoming a problem in theatrical exhibition, as well. It seems more and more cinemas have constant width screens and present wider ratios letterboxed with no proper masking.
Well, that creates a dilemma with about 85% of all content created through all of time, doesn't it? An image is more than just pixels and data.Brian is a proponent of ‘new full screen’ aka taking full advantage of every 16x9 pixel on his tv.
As I already said, I need to listen to the podcast.
EDIT: Brian, Brian, Brian... (shaking my head) listening to the podcast.