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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
When i'm watching a widescreen film on my widescreen TV i still get black bars above and below the picture? I thought the idea of widescreen tv's was that we didn't have anything cut out of the edge when watching full screen,

This has been bothering me for years, don't worry, i haven't only just got a WS tv!!
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
try changing the screen ratio on your dvd player/tv- think widescreen is 16:9
this should make it use the full screen width and height
#2
Film can be shot in any ratio screen size, so you can still get black bars, just depends on which film. 16:9 is the same as 1.78:1, films can be upto 2.35:1 which is often called anamorhpic widescreen.
#3
It's because they're cinemascope, typically 2.35:1 while 16:9 is 1.8:1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_Aspect_Ratio
#4
Is your DVD player/Sky/Freeview box set to 16:9?
But it's true, many films use even wider aspect ratios so you can still get black bars. Your TV might have a 'fit' option to slightly stretch them into full screen 16:9.
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louis08
try changing the screen ratio on your dvd player/tv- think widescreen is 16:9
this should make it use the full screen width and height


yeh
#6
yeah, TV's set to 16:9 and freeview is set to 16:9 but the bars are huge, am watching Monster-in-law on Ch4 btw (don't ask)

I know you can change it, but it either looks stretched and ridiculous or fills the screen but you miss loads from the sides.

Why don't they make TVs the same as films are shot then? or shoot films 16:9? What ratio is a cinema screen, because that's always ok
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sancho1983;3295177
Why don't they make TVs the same as films are shot then? or shoot films 16:9? What ratio is a cinema screen, because that's always ok



16:9 is a sensible compromise. Eastenders would be ridiculous (and expensive!) in Cinemascope :thumbsup:
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sancho1983
yeah, TV's set to 16:9 and freeview is set to 16:9 but the bars are huge, am watching Monster-in-law on Ch4 ...


I've justed checked on Ch4+1 & that one is one of the 10% with bars. CH4 show a lot like that - more than most channels. Don't know the technical term, but I think of it as cinema version wide screen. So that one's not you, it's like that on all widescreen TV's. I don't like to stretch it either.

Try Layer Cake on CH5 - that should fill the whole widescreen hopefully, if so it's just those odd movies (& no I'm not watching it :w00t:))

EDIT : found the technical description on the CH4 website - it applies to all widescreen, not just HD >
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Why are black bars sometimes still visible on a 16x9 HDTV?

Original HDTV programming is made in the 16x9 (1.78) aspect ratio, which fits the dimensions of HDTVs which are Widescreen. However, many theatrically released films are made in either the 1.85 or 2.35 aspect ratio, which is even wider than the 16x9 (1.78) aspect ratios of HDTVs. Therefore, when viewing these films on an HDTV (if presented in their original theatrical aspect ratio) - you will see black bars on your 16x9 screen. However, the bars will be less pronounced than if the same movie is viewed letterboxed on a standard 4x3 set.

For upconverted 4x3 programmes , these will be seen with black bars on the left and right.
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So now we both know - it's called original theatre aspect ratio ;-)

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