From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Sep 15 2006 - 11:48:44 PDT
> Freya said:
> "Of course if it was stored as anamorphic 16:9 then
> will end up being both letterboxed and pillarboxed
> 4:3 sets which might be kind of nasty! Especially as
> lot of 4:3 sets are kind of tiny."
> When watching a 1.66:1 film stored anamorphically on
> DVD it will NOT appear as
> both pillarboxed and letterboxed on a 4:3 TV. If
> your DVD player is set to
> output to a 4:3 screen then for anything wider than
> 4:3 you will simply have
> letterboxing introduced into the image. The width
> remains constant; it is the
> height that fluctuates from one aspect ratio to the
> next. If you're getting both
> pillarboxing and letterboxing on a 4:3 set when
> watching anamorphically stored
> material then there is something wrong with the way
> your equipment is configured.
I've never seen it happen, but it seems to me that if
you introduce pillarboxing into the file on the disc
then the width of the image will include the black
bars, so even if the width stays the same the black
bars will still be there as they are part of the
So yes you are right that the image will be expanded
so that there is automatic letterboxing on a 4:3 set,
but that image now includes black either side!!
For this not to be the case DVD's would have to be
able to handle anamorphic aspect ratios other than
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