refers to a DVD-Video that is encoded in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio format. DVD-Video can accommodate video encoding in either 4:3 aspect ratio or 16:9 aspect ratio. The 16:9 aspect ratio better suits movies that are theatrically shown in 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 aspect ratios. back to the previous page
DVDs that are said to be anamorphic widescreen are enhanced for television sets that support 16:9 compression (eg. widescreen and most high-end TVs). Please refer to Chapter 6 for more information.
DVD films that have extra lines of vertical resolution added to increase the video quality when played back on widescreen televisions (16:9), there is no increase in picture quality when playback is on a standard 4:3 television.
Video that has been enhanced for use on widescreen televisions. Sometimes the configuration for a regular TV results in artifact, but an anamorphic widescreen is still a better picture than VHS or laserdisc. Also referred to as "16 x 9 enhanced" or "widescreen."
Refers to the stretching or squeezing of an image so that it utilizes the entire area of a film frame with a different aspect ratio. The most common usage has a 1.85 to 1 or greater wide screen movie "squished" on film with 4:3 aspect ratio frames. A special lens is used on the projector to exactly reverse this distortion and produce the correctly proportioned picture on the screen. "Anamorphic" in video is a misnomer. Video has no aspect ratio until it is displayed on the screen. The TV set or monitor determines the aspect ratio using settings specified by the viewer or sometimes automatically by taking some format data (not the picture data) from the video signal. So far the label "anamorphic" is used only for the DVD 16:9 enhanced wide screen programs or 16:9 high-resolution programs.
A widescreen image that is encoded with high resolution. This produces a very high-quality image that can be utilized by widescreen televisions. Often labeled as “Enhanced for widescreen / 16:9 TV's.” Check out The Digital Bits' Ultimate Guide To Anamorphic Widescreen for a detailed, but easy-to-follow, explanation.
Anamorphic widescreen is a cinematography and photography technique for capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film, or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.