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widescreen

Widescreen is the display format of a cinema film with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, which corresponds to a 16:9 display. This format is optimized for the human field of view and is used in HDTV, Ultra-HDTV, in PALplus and in Digital VideoBroadcasting (DVB).

Displays with different aspect ratios

Displays with different aspect ratios

The wider cinema format has an aspect ratio of 21:9, or 2.35:1, and is referred to as ultra widescreen. Cinema films recorded in the widescreen format with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 are shown on widescreen displays (16:9) with black stripes at the top and bottom of the screen. Transmissions in 4:3 format are displayed with black bars on the right and left edges of the screen. On the other hand, when the widescreen format is displayed on a 4:3 screen, it appears compressed horizontally.

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Updated at: 10.04.2014
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