iPhone 5, 16:9 letterbox

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  1. sootie macrumors member

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    The iPhone 5s resolution was supposed to eliminate letterbox bars on video, why does this happen?
     

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  2. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    iPhone's display is 16:9. Movies/films are shot in 21:9. If you want no letterboxing...

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  3. sootie thread starter macrumors member

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    Just when you think your out they box you back in
     
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  5. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    All of my 1080p/720p videos that I convert or watch on youtube do not Letter box.
     
  6. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    16:9 is a standard aspect ratio, but it is not the only one.

    Some movies go for a super widescreen for a more cinematic feel.

    Some old movies and TV are 4:3, so with them you will have vertical black bars.

    It's not a problem with the iPhone or any hardware.
     
  7. Dechter macrumors member

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    As many have posted, the iPhone 5 is 16:9 aspect ratio which is the same as your HDTV. Films released in cinemas are generally 1.85:1 (flat) or 2.35:1 (scope). Some of those films are cropped to 16:9 for home video, but many are still shown in their original aspect ratio, hence the letterbox display you are seeing.
     

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