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Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

Several talk programmes have cancelled studio audiences

JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
The correct answer is a then-28 (or 27) year old Greg Scott.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etCZLXfdnsc
Pre-Quizmania!
DA
davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
Holby City returns tonight, rather neatly making use of the time jump by having Ric Griffin come out of the coma he's been in since the last episode. I hope one of the other characters sits him down and says "Previously at Holby City..."

Edit: turns out Ric was only in his coma for two weeks and episode's spread out over a number of weeks.
Last edited by davidhorman on 11 November 2020 6:00pm
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
If ever there was a year to be in a coma.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
MI
m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
They've decided, hopefully only for this episode, to shoot it in a different aspect ratio.
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natwel27 Meridian (South East) South East Today
They changed the aspect ratio on the last episode of Casualty as well. Surely it can't be a permanent fixture.
JO
Jonwo
If the aspect ratio is 18:9/2:1 then I suspect it’s likely a permanent change as most dramas have switched to this aspect ratio
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Jonwo
MasterChef the Professionals didn't look too different with social distancing.
AJ
AJB39
Jonwo posted:
If the aspect ratio is 18:9/2:1 then I suspect it’s likely a permanent change as most dramas have switched to this aspect ratio

Why have dramas switched to this aspect ratio? What’s the logic and thinking behind it? I hate having black lines at the top and bottom of my screen.
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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
AJB39 posted:

Why have dramas switched to this aspect ratio? What’s the logic and thinking behind it? I hate having black lines at the top and bottom of my screen.


Going from 4:3 to 16:9 I could understand, it was a big change, things could be shot and framed differently. But 2:1 is so fractionally wider than 16:9 that I don't see how it makes any difference other than to say "Look! We're so fancy we put black bars on things!", although half or more of the black bars will end up cropped out on a TV with standard overscan anyway. You could stretch the picture up to get rid of the black bars completely and viewers would be none the wiser (in fact I might start doing that, my old Samsung has some side-loaded software to stretch the picture).

Star Trek Discovery was 2:1 for its first series, but at least they then went the whole hog to 2.35-2.4:1.
Last edited by davidhorman on 11 November 2020 12:13pm
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Technologist London London
It says .... we are like Netflix". who have long specified 2:1 18:9
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Jonwo
A lot of devices are 18:9 or near it so it makes sense for companies to go for that format especially for scripted.
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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
Actually Holby City is 20:9 (2.22:1), though I'd still be willing to bet that no-one will be able to tell if it was shot that way, or shot 16:9 and they decided to crop it later.

I've got a feeling it'll be back to 16:9 next week.
Last edited by davidhorman on 11 November 2020 5:40pm

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