View Full Version : For filming a movie how do i account for widescreen?
2007 June 24th, 23:52
Ok im trying to understand the whole idea behind getting widescreen to play properly on my tv (4:3, so it would have to be letterboxed).
The camera films in 16:9 but when i view it on tv some is cutt off the sides, even if i pan it in, it still doesnt reach its full 16:9 AR.
I put a professional dvd (16:9) into my computer to compare it to mine, and it looks to be way wider than 16:9, as if it was accounting for it to get up off on a 4:3 tv...?
so do i have to film and just account for the tv cropping off the sides on its own, I would just like to know from someone who has filmed and got it to play 100% 16:9 on a 4:3 tv and know exactly how.
Like i said when i viewed the dvd on my computer, i measured it with my hand, and it was atleast over twice as long as it was tall...like 20:9..?
So thats why i figured it is filmed and edited in some way before dvd ready.
2007 June 25th, 02:45
Some films are wider than TV widescreen. There are several widescreen aspect rations in use. This does mean that some films on DVD are letterboxed on a 16:9 television screen!
I don't know what authoring software you are using, or what DVD player, or TV. But when authoring, author the DVD as a 16:9 project. When replaying on a 4:3 TV, you should be able to change a setting on the TV or DVD player that will letterbox the video for correct display on a 4:3 television.
Hope that helps.
there are quite a few ~16:9 formats, not very different though.
all tvs have a crop factor, it's normal and required. you'll never get 100% of the image on a crt tv (there are crt monitors but that's not a consumer tv).
almost all new tvs have a ratio setting you can select. letterboxing is required if you have a 16:9 source and want to make it for 4:3, you shrink it and add black bars to fill the screen up to a 4:3 format. professional made 4:3 conversions are not done with letterboxing (since the movie gets kinda small on the tv) but are panned and zoomed on a per scene basis (they actually move the 4:3 screen inside the 16:9 screen). you can catch these on tv when there are 2 actors in front of each other, too wide for 4:3 and the image pans from a side to another, that's something not found in the original movie.
2007 June 25th, 06:42
There is a scene in "The Untouchables" that does this. (At least, the version broadcast by the BBC a few years ago has it). It looks very unnatural to have the camera panning sideways between actors. It would have been better to cut from actor to actor.
Widescreen vs. pan n' scan:
2007 June 25th, 07:43
i know what you guys are talking about this "pan and scan", but i hear of a setting called anamorphic.. which automatically switches it between a 4:3 tv and a widescreen tv. of course if its on the 4:3 tv it will get letterboxed.
So how do i set that up and what are flag markers, is that a way to tell the dvd to be recognized when playing on a dvd player?
anamorphic? only film is anamorphic. you'll never need to know about it at home.
2007 June 25th, 08:07
Yep - you can set a flag in MPEG Streams and there should also be an option in your DVD authoring suite for this. Widescreen is a little more work for DVD menus, though, see your documentation for details.
There is nothing you need to change on the HV20 to record a proper widescreen video. Just make sure that there is nothing important outside the safe frame. ^^
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