HDTV Questions about aspect ratio

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  1. David Yu

    David Yu Auditioning

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    Hi all,
    I had a quick question. My friend recently purchased an Mitsubishi HDTV and of course it's aspect ratio is 16:9. When he plays 2.35:1 ratio movies, the black bars are still at the top and bottom. Of course he can expand the picture to cover the whole screen but this appears to crop some of the picture from both sides. Is this normal with widescreen tvs? Any suggestions? I thought I would be totally blown away with his set, but I'm wondering now with the black bars. Thanks!
    David
     
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    16 by 9 is 1.78:1 aspect ratio. You were showing a 2.35:1 aspect ration movie on it. Of course you had black bars but they were smaller than when watching the same DVD on a 4x3 set.
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  3. Matt_Stevens

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    On the four forums I frequent, I think this question has been asked nine times in two days. I'm not ribbing the guy, I'm just amazed at how often it is asked and how folks never realized that the DVD's they watch on their regular NTSC TV's have different aspect ratios.
    My own sister, who has been educated and brainwashed by be [​IMG] with regards to 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 asked me the same question while at a mall store a few weeks ago. [​IMG]
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  4. Michael TLV

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    While not wanting to be too cruel ... sometimes they actually answer their own question within their own question.
    Why do 16:9 sets have bars with 2.35:1 films?
    Phrased another way:
    Why do 1.78:1 sets have bars with 2.35:1 films?
    Suddenly the answer is obvious and you just feel like rapping them on the side of the head? [​IMG]
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  5. Timmy

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    There is only one ratio for High Definition Television, and that is 16x9.
    If you are watching something else than a HDTV broadcast, then there are numerous other aspect ratios.
    4:3 (standard television) equates to 12 x 9
    HDTV equates to 16 x 9
    1.85 movies equate to 16 x 8.7
    2.35 movies equate to 16 x 6.8
     

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