HD video, black borders

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  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    So I am wondering, i have a 16:10 widescreen 22" screen, when i want to see a HD movie I still have black borders on the top, unlike DvD's , so does that HD stuff have a even wider aspect ratio than 16:9 ? :eek:
     
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  3. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see the back borders in your screen shot...
     
  4. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    I believe he meant that when he goes into full screen he see's black borders.
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    1080p has a resolution of 1920x1080 or 16:10, but most theatrical films use a even wider aspect ratio, so not all of the available frame is used. That's just the way the film was made.

    (I'm not sure what exact aspect ratio is commonly used, but that looks like 2:1 to me.)
     
  6. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

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    Not all movies are filmed in the same aspect ratio.

    16:9 displays (most HDTV's) are a little wider than computer displays (16:10) so when you watch something that is 16:9 you will see black bars at the top and bottom to preserve the original aspect ratio. Also most theatrical moves are filmed in an ever wider aspect ratio (usually 2.39:1).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)
     
  7. sou1 so1di3r macrumors 6502a

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    I believe 1080p is actually 16:9
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    1080p is indeed 16:9.

    1920x1080 is 16:9.
    1920x1200 is 16:10.

    Most theatrical movies are 2.39:1. TV makers are just starting to make TVs that are 2.39:1, but I believe they'll be overshadowed by 7680x4320 SHVTVs.
     
  9. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    It's all normal. Don't let it stop you from buying movies. If you buy the DVD and watch it on your computer, you will still get the black bars. They won't go away. HD bars will not be any bigger.
     

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