How to say aspect ratios?

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  1. StephenA

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    When you're talking to someone, how do you say aspect ratios such as 1.85, 2.35, 1.33, etc? Do you say them like you read them, or are there words to explain them?
     
  2. Joel Mack

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    Hmmmm...I just say "one eight five", "two three five", etc...
     
  3. Seth Paxton

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    I'm the same as Joel, though with some people I sometimes have to then briefly backtrack with an explanation of AR. Usually I go with "1.85 INCHES wide for every 1 inch tall". And then with some people I might have to go yet further by explaining the AR of TV screens and W/S TVs.

    But were Joel and I have a conversation in person we obviously would throw "one eight five" around with ease.
     
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    One Point Eight Five
     
  5. Scott H

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    As Joel said, though I usually add "to one" somewhere.

    For example: "Are you working one seven eight or one eight five to one?"; "Please set the finder one eight five to one."
     
  6. Ken Garrison

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    I say one point eighty-five to one, two point thirty-five to one and so on. For 4x3, I just say four by three.
     
  7. Adam Tyner

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    Like Scott, I say 'one eight five to one' and the like. I don't bother to say 'dot', as that's implied.
    Anyone saying 'eighty five' instead of 'eight five' is wrong. [​IMG]
     
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    I've always said "One-eighty-five to one" and "Two-thirty-five to one". It just rolls off the tongue much better than saying the point. Hopefully the person you're talking to knows what that means, if not, just explain it.
     
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    It depends on the person. Normally to someone like by buddy Bill or Marty, I simply say "Flat" or "Scope" if I'm talking about theatrical presentation. As for the ratio numbers, it's mostly the numbers without the "to one" unless I'm talking to someone unfamiliar with aspect ratios. Even THEN I get more head turns than my dog when I say the word "dinner!"
    By the way, if it's post '71, it's "two forty to one" or "two three nine" to one, NOT "two three five to one" [​IMG]
     
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    2:35:1 "Two thiry-five"
    2:40:1 "Two forty"
    1:85:1 "One eighty-five"
    1.77:1 "Seventy-seven"
    1.66:1 "Sixty-six"
    1.33:1 "One thirty-three"
    Why are 1.77:1 and 1.66:1 said without mention of the 1? I dunno, they just aren't. I never bring-up the existence of 1.37:1 aspect ration, no one would ever believe me if I said my fullscreen movies were really very-slightly cropped widescreen films [​IMG]
     
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    one point eight five

    two point three five
     
  13. Mike Broadman

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    I use my hands to draw a rectangle in the air and say, "It's this big."
     
  14. StephenA

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    Thanks everyone. I was trying to explain this all to my mom, and didn't know what to say to explain aspect ratios and stuff. We were talking about when my TV goes what to get next, and I ket saying to get a widescreen TV. She was asking why, so I was trying to explain the aspect ratios and such and why widescreen TVs are better, and I drew a blank on what words to use for the aspect ratios.
     
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    "One eighty five to one"
    "One sixty six to one"
    "Four by three"
    "Sixteen by nine"

    So I kind of mix it up with regard to "to" versus "by".
     
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    1.33:1/4x3 - four by three
    1.78:1/16x9 - sixteen by nine
    1.66:1 - one point six six to one
    1.85:1 - one point eight five to one
    2.35:1 - two point three five to one
    2.40:1 - two point four oh to one
     
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    I say them like "One point seventy-eight to one."
     
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    "The screen is two point thirty-five times as wide as it is high."

    "The aspect ratio is one point eighty-five to one"
     
  19. Scott H

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    In film and television and DVD production I don't recall ever hearing ARs stated with hyphenated words like "seventy-eight" or "eighty-five". [​IMG]
    I believe that to appropriately use hyphenated words in describing decimals you would have to speak ARs like this:
    1.85:1 = "one and eighty-five hundredths to one"
    Minus "point", plus "hundredths".
    In my world, that would be "one eight five to one". :wink:
     

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