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Video help - Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

  1. Jan 24, 2013 #1
    Video help -- Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

    I converted a lot off my DVDs that are of 1970's TV show Land Of The Lost to avi files so I can watch them on my pc.

    There is one setting for Aspec Ratio I do not get I know if I pick 16:9 this is for Wide Screen.
    And I know if I pick 4:3 this is for None Wide Screen Standard TV.

    What is the optin Fully Expand and what is the option Animorphic for?

    Please tell me in your own words and not a link I have been all over and I think if you just tell me what the two option do Fully Expand and Animorphic I will understand.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  3. Jan 24, 2013 #2

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: Video help

    anamorphic means a wide screen movie is squeezed into the 4:3 format but can be expanded to widescreen with the right playback equipment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamorphic_widescreen

    Also 1970's shows were probably broadcast in 4:3 format so saving it that way would be okay.
     
  4. Jan 25, 2013 #3
    Re: Video help -- Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

    If Anamorphic makes a Wide Screen Movie to be played on a 4:3 TV then is this not LetterBox??
     
  5. Jan 25, 2013 #4

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: Video help -- Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

    No, letterboxing is the practice of transferring film shot in a widescreen aspect ratio to standard-width video formats while preserving the film's original aspect ratio. (wikipedia)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterbox

    animorphic can still be expanded into a wide screen with no loss whereas letterbox has been reduced to fit 4:3 forever.
     
  6. Jan 25, 2013 #5
    Re: Video help -- Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

    Ok I looked up Anamorphic and Widescreen and I think I get it.

    When they Letterbox a Widescreen Movie the Black Bars keep the 16:9 Ratio so it will fit on a 4:3 screen I get this.

    And if I understand a lot of the Resolotion is wastet on the Black Bars.

    But when they put a Widescreen movie in Anamorphic it still lets you show it on a 4:3 screen but they use less Black Bars or where am I getting lost?
     
  7. Jan 25, 2013 #6

    jedishrfu

    Staff: Mentor

    Re: Video help -- Fully Expand and Animorphic aspect ratios?

    The Letterboxing link to wikipedia really describes it well:

     
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