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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Miguel Paredes, Dec 14, 2001.
The widescreen TVs now are 1.78:1, why not go 2.35:1 or even more? Anyone know?
Why on earth would you want to do that? Just for DVD's? Remember these are HDTV's. They are meant to watch HDTV (16:9 = 1.78 AR). The fact that DVD's look good in them is just a bonus.
That is true - HDTV is 1.78 - forgot about that.
Then I'm curious as to why DVD movies can't have standard 1.78:1 format-so we could have a full screen experience?
I don't think it's about the DVD, it's about movie makers using different aspect ratios for their artistic tastes. I would hate it if they made DVDs different from the director's intentions, i.e. cut out parts of the scenes, aka pan and scan.
Because most movies aren't shot at 1.78:1.
Most are shot at 1.85:1 or 2.35:1. It's just the AR that is popular. Not to mention, the lenses, film and cameras are all designed for those AR's.
The reason why HDTV was made as 1.78:1 is because it's a nice middle ground between "standard" 1.33:1 and 2.35:1.
By the way, all anamorphically transfered DVD's are formatted to display correctly on a 16x9 (1.78:1) screen -Which is why 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 movies still need letterboxing bars on HDTV's. It's not just a "bonus" that DVD's look good - It was planned that way
a correction to the correction-
1.85 movies are not compressed to fit 1.78. overscan in most sets simply hides the small bars that are actually there. if you set a 16:9 set to 0% overscan (which I don't think is advisable) you would see small bars.
Just an addition to the correction to the correction -
Some studios crop the left and right sides of a 1.85:1 movie to "make it" a 1.78:1 AR.
Hey Brad -
I just noticed you're in MO Where's Crystal City?
Of course. Thanks all for clearing up the confusion (brought on by me)...
If I can just throw in a monkey wrench...some film-makers actually prefer 4:3 and film that way--and then cut out a 16:9 rectangle out of the 4:3 image for the movie.
Air Force One is an example of this. The 4:3 version actually shows everything that's in the 16:9 movie, plus more.
At least, that's as far as I know.
So, it doesn't matter what format TV you get - you're always going to have formatting issues.
I don't want to say the director prefers 4:3 and cuts a 16:9 or 2.35:1 rectangle out to show in the theater, if he preferred 4:3 it would be shown in the theater that way.
If the director is filming this way (soft matte) to cater to the TV audience he will use care to prevent bloopers such as visible microphone booms in the area above and below the part cut out for theater showing.
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