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Old July 6th, 2004, 12:00 AM   #1
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dvx100a anamorphic lens question

from what i read, the panasonic anamorphic lens is 16:9. i thought that anamorphic was 2.35:1 or something around those lines. If you use the digital squeeze as well as the anamorphic lens, will this create the 2.35:1 aspect rasio?
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Old July 6th, 2004, 07:22 AM   #2
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Yes, the "double anamorphic" approach will give you something very close to 2.35:1. One problem with this... what will you do with the results? Do you plan to up-rez to HD? Otherwise you're going to have to letterbox it anyway, so you're probably just as well off shooting 16:9 and cropping. This has been discussed before, do a search for the user Martin Munthe; he uses this technique and has described it in detail.

The word "anamorphic" means "changed form" (or so I've read.... it's all Greek to me ;-). It does not imply any specific aspect ratio, it only means that you've used some technique to squash/stretch the image. But generally when you're discussing video people will assume you're talking about 16:9, which could also be expressed as 1.78:1.

There are many different flavors of widescreen cinema however. For in depth info on this topic my favorite website is The American Widescreen Museum.
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Old July 8th, 2004, 01:07 AM   #3
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I am confused. Is 2.35:1 chosen only for artistic purposes? I'm much happier with a 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 movie on my widescreen TV.

Boyd, thanks for the link. Ben-Hur with its 2.76:1 aspect ratio is amazing to look at.
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Old July 8th, 2004, 12:18 PM   #4
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yes, just for the look. thank you for your answers
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