Black bars? Why don’t movies fit on my HDTV?

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We’ve all seen them. We load up any of the mega hits like Titanic, Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings on our big screen TV and settle in to be transported to another world –  another time and place. But something’s not right. The TV is showing these black bars above and below the image. Argh. Cycle through the remote buttons – the TV must be set up wrong. At least that’s what my mother-in-law always says. ...

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Which home theater screen aspect ratio is for you – 2.40:1, 2.35:1 or 16:9?

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Certainly one of the most important things to decide for your home theater is the size, shape, surface type and location of your projection screen. Your screen needs to perform best for your setup and also fit into your theater for the best experience. But the shape, or “aspect ratio”, is really all about what you’re going to watch and should be the first thing you choose.

An aspect ratio is simply the ...

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Why do people choose anamorphic projection over zooming?

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Letterbox zooming refers to using the projector’s lens memory settings for zoom, shift and focus to zoom up a letterbox image to fill an UltraWide 2.35:1 or 2.4:1 screen, while then zooming back down to place 16:9 content in the center of the screen. This approach is an economical way to keep the black bars of UltraWide movies off the screen by projecting them onto the walls above and below. Almost every high end home theater projector has this capability ...

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