iPhone 5, 16:9 letterbox

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sootie, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. sootie macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    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

    Dec 8, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    iPhone's display is 16:9. Movies/films are shot in 21:9. If you want no letterboxing...

  3. sootie thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Just when you think your out they box you back in
  4. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  5. Minhimalism macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2012
    All of my 1080p/720p videos that I convert or watch on youtube do not Letter box.
  6. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    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

    Jul 11, 2010
    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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