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Old February 19th, 2006, 02:41 AM   #1
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origins of 16:9?

Anyone out there have an inside scoop on the origins of the 16:9 aspect ratio? I'm in development of a video podcast that will teach average folks the basics of digital video and I'm researching this question. My best take is that it was a compromise between 1.85 and 4:3. Who decided the standard anyway? The ATSC?

Thanks in advance for any insight. I plan to leverage the expertise of this forum quite a bit!
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Old February 19th, 2006, 11:32 AM   #2
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Hi Craig, This might help you out a bit.

http://www.tvtechnology.com/features...y_corner.shtml

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Old February 19th, 2006, 12:05 PM   #3
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Hi Craig, This might help you out a bit.

http://www.tvtechnology.com/features...y_corner.shtml

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That was a good read. Thanks for the link, Andy.

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Old February 19th, 2006, 07:16 PM   #4
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Yes, thanks Andy - that was exactly what I was looking for.

It still puzzles me that people say that 4:3 is scalable to 16:9 by squaring both dimensions. Yes, the area is squared, but not the proportion, so for all practical purposes I can see no advantage to 16:9 over, say, 15:9 (except that it's wider, which is better.) If anyone can enlighten me on this bit of geek trivia, I'd be grateful...

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