Understanding Widescreen, Letterboxed, and Pan & Scan

Clint DeBoer

Clint DeBoer

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2><SPAN><A href="http://www.audioholics.com/techtips/specsformats/widescreenletterboxpanscan.php"><IMG style="WIDTH: 125px; HEIGHT: 70px" alt=[standard43onHD2] hspace=10 src="http://www.audioholics.com/news/thumbs/standard43onHD2_th.gif" align=left border=0></A>A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Not So Far Away… Someone introduced us to widescreen videos on VHS. These videos presented the full picture as you saw it in the theater, but did so on our 4:3 (non-widescreen) televisions. Later, DVD came along; followed by high definition widescreen televisions, and life got confusing (but better.) In order to understand all of these differing formats you’ll need to understand something about each and the purposes for which they were designed. Clint DeBoer writes a simple article in which you can understand the purpose of each of these formats - and why you should <EM><STRONG>not be disappointed</STRONG></EM> to see some black bars on your new high definition widescreen television!</SPAN></FONT></FONT></P>
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