[Videolib] DVDs and Aspect Ratios

Maurine Canarsky (maurine.canarsky@taos.fnsb.lib.ak.us)
Wed, 9 Jul 2003 10:39:00 -0800

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Hello Video People:
We are attempting to build our DVD collection, and I am a bit confused about
aspect ratios.

For example, when I look at IMDB and the technical specs and see an aspect
ratio of 1:37:1, and the only DVD available is 1:33:1, am I losing part of
the picture? I've read the widescreen advocacy materials, but am not
certain about the difference in this particular case.

Can anyone help with this? I hope so.

Thanks in advance,
Maurine Canarsky, Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1020
FAX 907-459-1024
maurine.canarsky@fnsb.lib.ak.us

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DVDs and Aspect Ratios

Hello Video People:
We are attempting to build our DVD collection, and I = am a bit confused about aspect ratios.

For example, when I look at IMDB and the technical = specs and see an aspect ratio of 1:37:1, and the only DVD available is = 1:33:1, am I losing part of the picture?  I've read the widescreen = advocacy materials, but am not certain about the difference in this = particular case.

Can anyone help with this?  I hope so.

Thanks in advance,
Maurine Canarsky, Media Librarian
Noel Wien Public Library
1215 Cowles St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-459-1020
FAX 907-459-1024
maurine.canarsky@fnsb.lib.ak.us

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