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Robert Crawford

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No, all that empty space at the top is lopped off giving a more pleasing frame for viewing. As for the loss of resolution, I just chalk it up (in my mind) to a poor transfer.
It was more of a rhetorical question because I have experimented a lot in the past with such open matte movies on disc and digital by changing my TV or player aspect ratios. The loss of resolution bothers me more than 1.37 aspect ratio.
 
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Zooming doesn't actually change the resolution of the desired pixels, it only eliminates the undesired ones. Yes a proper widescreen transfer has more resolution than a zoomed one does in the same way that an anamorphic DVD has more resolution than a letterboxed DVD. If you have an open-matte Blu-ray or HD digital file, the image is around 1440 X 1080 and if you matte it to 1.78:1 your resolution becomes 1440 X 810, you're not changing the resolution of the part of the image you are saving, only lopping off 135 lines from the top and 135 from the bottom. So, in closing, a matted HD 4 X 3 image is a little bit greater that 720p but not nearly as bad as SD.
 
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Zooming doesn't actually change the resolution of the desired pixels, it only eliminates the undesired ones. Yes a proper widescreen transfer has more resolution than a zoomed one does in the same way that an anamorphic DVD has more resolution than a letterboxed DVD. If you have an open-matte Blu-ray or HD digital file, the image is around 1440 X 1080 and if you matte it to 1.78:1 your resolution becomes 1440 X 810, you're not changing the resolution of the part of the image you are saving, only lopping off 135 lines from the top and 135 from the bottom. So, in closing, a matted HD 4 X 3 image is a little bit greater that 720p but not nearly as bad as SD.
It's enough that I noticed a difference in picture quality. Again, I'm not trying to debate this issue except to state my preferences as I respect the preferences of others that are fine with zooming the image.
 
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It's enough that I noticed a difference in picture quality. Again, I'm not trying to debate this issue except to state my preferences as I respect the preferences of others that are fine with zooming the image.
And I, in turn am also not trying to sell anybody on anything they don't like, but I'll make one last comment, and then shut up as this has gone off-topic. There is a difference in what I am doing compared to what others are doing regarding zooming. I'm not rescaling the image, but instead using my projector's lens memory which is lens-zooming the image where the pixels themselves get larger as the image zooms larger. So it's possible that lens-zooming looks much better than the rescaling that occurs with flat panels.
 

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