When watching 2.35:1 DVD's on a 16:9 TV you will have black bars right?

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  1. JohnMW

    JohnMW Second Unit

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    I want to make sure I have everything set correctly on my equipment. Now if I was watching a 1.85:1 it would take up the FULL 16:9 TV screen?
     
  2. Brian E

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    I don't own one yet, but I think I can answer.

    With 1.85:1 what little bars there would be are taken up by overscan. 2.35:1 films will have black bars, but they'll be smaller than on a 4:3 set.
     
  3. Robert George

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    Correct.
     
  4. Andrew W

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    I've adjusted my overscan to a minimum, but even so, 1.66:1, 1.78:1 and 1.85:1 all appear the same fully filling the screen on my set. (assuming anamorphic for all three ratios.)
     
  5. MichaelPe

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    Well, this is just simple math:
    - a 16x9 TV has an aspect ratio of 1.78:1
    - a 4x3 TV has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1
    So, if the aspect ratio of the movie is higher than the aspect ratio of the television, then you will have "black bars".
    Of course, overscan complicates things a little. [​IMG]
    http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/usefulinfo/overscan.html
     

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