RE: "Widescreen" edition

Milos Stehlik (
Thu, 6 Jan 2000 13:20:06 -0800 (PST)

One of the best explanations of widescreen and letterbox, and how various
film aspect ratios "fit" into the TV screen image is on the MGM web site:

The site has illustrations about what happens to an image when it's
cropped....(interesting AND frightening)


-----Original Message-----
From: Clark, Jeff []
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2000 2:59 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Re: "Widescreen" edition

On Thu, 6 Jan 2000 12:01:32 -0800 (PST) Maurine Canarsky
<> wrote:

> Hello Videolibbers,
> Can anyone out there please explain the difference between a
> "Widescreen" version and a regular VHS version? Is "Widescreen" the same
> as letterboxed or...?
> Confused,
> Maurine Canarsky
> Noel Wien Public Library
> 1215 Cowles St.
> Fairbanks, AK 99701
> 907-459-1020
> 907-459-1024 FAX


Yes, "widescreen" in video marketing parlance normally
means the same as "letterbox". Maybe it sounds more
positive to some people who might normally get riled by
letterbox, a term more often heard. But either way, your
4:3 TV screen ends up with blank bars at the top and bottom
of its picture!


Jeff Clark
Media Resources (MSC 1701)
James Madison University
540-568-6770 (voice)
540-568-3405 (fax)