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PFMC841,331 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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And every video is cropped sadly, apart from one that they actually put out in 4:3. which was odd considering it was a video that could have been cropped and nothing major would have been cut off. If the video is 4:3 just let it go out in 4:3. I despise cropping. It isn't helped by the low bit-rate of the channel so not only is it cropped but the picture quality on the whole is awful.
VMPhil8,936 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Here's a TV Forum dilemma: the music video for Wham's Last Christmas which is 16:9 letterbox.

When it's shown in its original aspect ratio, it's postage stamped and looks a bit odd.

When it's cropped, the limitations of the picture quality are enhanced, especially on modern sized TVs.

What's preferable?
noggin13,884 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Here's a TV Forum dilemma: the music video for Wham's Last Christmas which is 16:9 letterbox.

When it's shown in its original aspect ratio, it's postage stamped and looks a bit odd.

When it's cropped, the limitations of the picture quality are enhanced, especially on modern sized TVs.

What's preferable?


When shown in its entirety I'd usually chose to leave it in 4:3 - and pillar boxing if it is not possible to broadcast it 4:3 full-width (there is no HD full-width standard)

It's a case by case thing though - if you can upscale using a high quality upscaler in an edit (not just the default NLE scalers which are often lousy) and are only using an excerpt in the midst of other 16:9 full-width content - there is an argument for cropping and zooming to 16:9 full width.