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Than Baardson
16:9 4:3 conundrum
on Apr 11, 2010 at 2:13:16 pm

A coworker and I have been talking about 16:9 vs 4:3. Our main audience and market has older tv's. I favor shooting 16:9 and converting to a 4:3 letterboxed layout, he favors straight 4:3.
Any opinions?


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Noah Kadner
Re: 16:9 4:3 conundrum
on Apr 11, 2010 at 4:52:27 pm

Definitely 16:9- 4:3 is completely outmoded. HD formats don't even have 4:3- only standard definition.

Also in terms of DVD authoring it's a universal format. Once you create in anamorphic 16:9 a 4:3 DVD player/TV will automatically letterbox. With 4:3 you're essentially shutting out anyone who buys a new TV today. Or rather forcing them to look at your footage with huge black bars on the sides. Here's some details to help you convince your partner:

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/anamorphic/anamorphic185demo.html

Noah



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