Why 16 x 9? Why not 18 x 9?

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  1. Tom Martin

    Tom Martin Stunt Coordinator

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    Almost every movie i buy is in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. So, i end up with the black bars on my widescreen HDTV. Albeit thinner, but still there! Why aren't TVs made a bit wider to accomodate these movies?
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Well, any aspect will be a compromise-- as if it was 2.35:1 then all other content would be boxed on the sides. The 1.78:1 seemed like a decent compromise between the 4:3 TV aspect and the 2.35:1 wide film aspect.
     
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    It would take 300 years for the general public to accept 2.35:1 a.r. TV's. [​IMG]
     
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    Most movies are in 2.40:1 anyway..still black bars. Not to worry, as soon as everyone has widescreen TVs, directors will shoot movies in 1.33:1 again, just for their "artistic visions".
     
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    Yeah - it seems like the only way to avoid it these days is to use Front Projection.
     
  6. Brad Grenz

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    With some of those automatic curtains that move to match the aspect ratio like in a theater!
     
  7. Jared Rachwalsk

    Jared Rachwalsk Auditioning

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    That was the standard developed for HDTV.
     

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