TV Home Forum

CBBC

(February 2002)

BE
Ben Founding member London London
Why has the BBC switched to 4:3 when rugrats is still cropped. It looked intentional, but I think someone didn't realise what they were doing.
AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
So what am I watching on digital? 4:3 cut out to 16:9 then back in 4:3 again or all the show? If it's the latter, that's how it should be and at least is proof it can be done.

Cheers, Asa
MB
Mark B
Reading between the lines here, it would seem to me that since Analogue and Digital TX control merged, a correct and proper switching on both platforms is now 'realistically easy' for the technicians and pres. people to co-ordinate.

I think the reason the aspect ratios were compromised before was to get the least noticable conversions on both platforms. Mind you, Analogue BBC ONE could have just taken a pure ARC-d feed from Digital BBC ONE whilst CBBC was on, as they do now. But I suppose there wasn't an easy link at the time (without actually setting up a digibox in pres, set to 'Letterbox' mode!) - but think of the compression! Yuk!

Little known fact: The BFI use ANALOGUE signals for archive purposes, because the believe (quite rightly) that the quality of digital TV is just not good enough. Analogue is the only system that still delivers true 'broadcast quality' television pictures.

I often wonder if an encoded-analogue system could have been developed as a way of delivering a greater multichannel system on the existing UHF spectrum (or even in the GHz range of satellite). Analogue can still be good if the reception is OK. And of course, as well all know, Digital can still be knocked out by bad reception (terrestrial OR satellite), and usually the interference, although not in the form of snow or ghosting, is usually a lot worse - i.e. exploding blocks and picture freezing all over the place!!!

Still, the change is irreversible now. I look forward to a future of exploded RealPlayer-style images on our TV screens!!!! But hey, it's digital, so it must be better.
AS
Asa Admin Meridian (South East) South East Today
Seems they're out of the studio this week while a bit of a paint job is going on Smile Today they're in the BP studio. (Wonder if they can fill the week?!)

Anyhoo, talk of the new digital channels coming up in about 10mins...

Cheers, Asa
BE
Ben Founding member London London
Press the widescreen button BBC 1.

It's a special show on Friday!
BE
Ben Founding member London London
and they did
CO
Conrad
I sent an e-mail yesterday complaining about 4:3 cropping, and finally some action's been taken - I hope! Did anyone see the CBeebies trailer after Tweenies? I'm recording all this week's CBBC in LP just so I know I'm not missing anything ! Very Happy
BE
Ben Founding member London London
I'm recording in SP, and yes I saw the trailer.
CO
Conrad
Ooh, someone can afford the blank tapes! Wink
JA
james2001 Founding member
I noticed this too. Why are they cropping to 14:9 then Zooming in? Are they just preparing properly for next week when they might hopefully pillarbox the signal, then zoom in? Obviously it's possible to show all programmes properly on kids slots- CHannel 4 and 5 manage perfectally, it's just CBBC and CITV who have a problem


(Edited by james2001 at 4:56 pm on Feb. 4, 2002)
BE
Ben Founding member London London
The secret is;

Mum, can you get me some blank tapes, u know the ones that are 5 for 5.

OK

Then when she returns 2-3 hours later, shes got the tapes. I mean I'll hapilly pay for them, but if she doesn't ask me for the money I'll hold on to it Wink
JA
james2001 Founding member
Pah. back to cropping again today.

Newer posts