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VMPhil9,634 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
This is perhaps a bit of nerdy technical question, but does anyone know why a lot of 4:3 footage uploaded to YouTube ends up at a resolution that isn't actually 4:3? Instead of 640x480 I often come across videos that use 600x480, which is not quite 4:3 but it's not square/Instagram format either (1:1). What encoder is putting out videos in this odd format?
james-20014,868 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Presumably that's what happens when they upload files at 704/720x576 and 720x480 resolution and YouTube treats it as square pixels. I always convert them to 768x576 (or some other proportional resultion, like 960x720 so I can get 50fps playback) first, but lots of people probably don't.
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VMPhil9,634 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Presumably that's what happens when they upload files at 704/720x576 and 720x480 resolution and YouTube treats it as square pixels. I always convert them to 768x576 (or some other proportional resultion, like 960x720 so I can get 50fps playback) first, but lots of people probably don't.

I was wondering if it was to do with conversion from UK format to US 480p. But I haven't had that problem when uploading videos recorded from TV before, so I guess the software I use outputs them correctly.
Neil Jones5,263 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
YouTube seems to have started trying to eliminate black bars completely where possible when you play videos through the browser, and it just looks incredibly odd when you're so used to seeing that sort of material with black bars at the top and bottom. I came across a 2.35:1 ratio film of something a short while back and it was so awkward to watch without black bars I had to blow it up to full screen to get them back.

I still (and probably never will) have no sympathy for people who think squashyvision and stretchyvision are acceptable ways to watch archive TV programmes though.
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Si-Co2,122 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Behind the scenes at TWV7 in Perth in the 80s. Although part of the Seven Network, in those days Perth had only two commercial channels who bought in programmes from all three networks - one of the reasons their schedules varied quite a bit from the Sydney and Melbourne stations. A lot of programmes were flown across from the Eastern states, as seen here - and Perth was often well behind with soaps and dramas (in fact, at one point they were almost as far behind as the UK with Neighbours and Sons and Daughters!). Once schedules aligned more closely, programmes were taped from a clean feed of ATN7 in Sydney and played back a couple of hours later (due to the different time zones). Of course, nowadays all networks are played out centrally from Melbourne or Sydney with few regional variations, and, like the UK, the studios around Australia are little more than local newsrooms.

It’s interesting to see this BTS footage and to note the similarities and differences between the UK and Australia’s technical equipment and procedures in that era.

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Si-Co2,122 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
The NAT VO recording session was very interesting to listen to. I hadn’t realised it was Andrew Burt who was the “voice of ITN” in that era.

Hearing all the different variations of the opening announcement (the different presenter’s names etc) made me wonder why they didn’t make a recording of just the names to tack onto the end of the announcement- though I guess it’s more obvious than you would think when this has been done - the full announcement doesn’t seem to flow correctly.
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