October 7th 2013 10:09 am PT

The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio

I love this. It’s a great explanation of why 16:9 became a standard .

     

Geeky By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • roozbeh, again

    What is this?

    • ElektroDragon

      If you don’t know what it is, I suggest you watch it and educate yourself.

      • roozbeh, again

        Probably should have stated that I can’t open the video for some reason unknown to me.
        Now excuse me while I continue being batman.

    • Does Not Equal

      It’s an informative video on how to train ducklings to pour your morning coffee.

      • roozbeh, again

        Hmm, duckling pouring coffee…

      • roozbeh, again

        Editing in the dark huh?

      • roozbeh, again

        This is getting boring…

      • roozbeh, again

        Wow, you won’t stop will you?

      • roozbeh, again

        What no milliseconds?
        LAME!

      • roozbeh, again

        You wanna watch a movie?

      • roozbeh, again

        Like our comments?

  • ElektroDragon

    Totally fascinating, thanks for the post Major!

  • roozbeh, again

    Thanks!

  • jon

    I know this is off topic but what is the avatar outfit that major has (its the white space suite version above) can someones let me know i wanna get one.

    • Death Dealer

      MTV VMA Moonman Suit. You can find it when you log into Xbox(dot)com and search for Major Nelson’s GamerTag. There you will see all his attributes.

      • jon

        Thank you Death Dealer really appreciate this. :-).

        • Death Dealer

          You’re welcome!

  • Death Dealer

    It’s very interesting, yet even today we still have all these different display aspect ratios outside of the film industry.
    I prefer 16:10 (1920×1200 e.g.) as it gives me room for additional controls under the 16:9 film frame without overlaying the image (and additional tiles in Windows 8).
    It also gives developers a little bit more real estate and overview in Visual Studio (I sometimes put multiple screens in vertical orientation side by side).

  • Groudon199

    Only thing I don’t like about 16:9 becoming a standard is some people stretch 4:3 stuff. There’s no good reason to do that, and I honestly have no idea how anyone could like it unless they grew up watching TV that way. I’ve hated it ever since it was an option when playing Game Boy (Color) games on a Game Boy Advance.

    • Alex_Atkin_UK

      I know several people who do that. They claim that the pillar boxing is actually more distracting that everything being stretched, bizarre.

      I do personally sometimes prefer to get a full 16:9 copy of a movie over a 21:9 one, even if that means seeing things at the top and bottom the director did not intend.

      That is partly because I get annoyed when they zoom in too far on people in 21:9 so it chops their chin or legs off and partly because I like to see what is going in the background sometimes, even if I wasn’t supposed to. ;)

  • beardyman3218

    Very interesting stuff, sound is also a major part of movies as well would love to hear more about that as well, 5.1 sound has changed the way we experience movies and games.

    • Volitar Prime

      Pacific Rim is 1.85:1 so it doesn’t completely fill a 16X9 screen (but it is close).

  • SEP555

    really interesting, also watched the one about the progression of colour. I wonder if all these classics like Ben Hur, Laurence of Arabia, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the wind etc are great classics because they are great films (which they are) but because each one was advertised as being the first of a new technical presentation, cinemascope, Technicolor etc

  • ryder4life22187

    Heres the DOTW

    Movie Tie-ins – 8-Oct to 14-Oct

    Aliens: Colonial Marines – £7.49/$19.99
    Star Trek – £7.49/$14.99
    Aliens vs. Predator – £7.49/$9.99
    Guardians of Middle-earth – £4.99/$7.49
    Pacific Rim – £3.37/$4.99
    Transformers: The Game – £9.99/$14.99
    R.I.P.D. The Game – £3.37/$4.99
    Real Steel – £3.37/$4.99
    X-Men Arcade – £3.37/$4.99

    • roozbeh, again

      What kind of conversion rate is that?

      Terrible games by the way. But a sweet deal for the UK

      • Jason Lafitte

        its like microsoft doesnt want me to buy anything from them.

        • roozbeh, again

          Then don’t.

    • Pasajero82

      Another Steal of the Week!!!

    • Death Dealer

      Nothing for me this week.
      I’m also wondering more and more whatever happened to Far Cry Classic.

  • evilfangs .

    I hate how my Blu-ray player up scales my Scrubs DVDs and messes up the aspect ratio. I have older DVDs which the aspect ratio is fine when my Blu-Ray player up scales them.

  • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

    Loved it. Now I’d like to see the history of frame-rates.

    • ElektroDragon

      I saw the Hobbit with the enhanced frame rate. Holy cow it looked like the entire movie was in super fast motion… except it wasn’t!

      • Death Dealer

        Yeah, I had that same problem. It was too smooth for my liking somehow. I didn’t get the motion sickness some people described however.

        • usrev

          which is sorta why the film industry hasn’t adopted faster frame rates. though I’m not sure why they go 24 instead of 30.

        • https://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

          I loved the High Frame Rate, bring on 120 fps for movies!

          • Alex_Atkin_UK

            I didn’t see it but I certainly don’t understand why some people are so susceptible to “soap opera effect”. Even fake 48fps using TV interpolation is much more comfortable to watch than 24fps to me, if only TVs could do it reliably without dropping frames and artifacting.

            The higher the frame rate, the more true to life it is.

            Modern TVs also process the changes from frame to frame much better the closer to 60fps you are, due to generally having a 60Hz refresh rate (or multiple of) internally.

            The problem is too many people have trained their brains to 24fps and are unwilling to adjust to a “better” frame rate that is actually less taxing on your brain and eyes in the long run. Its even more odd when those same people moan about games being “only” 30fps.

  • Ironmanxrs2

    Great watch!

  • Does Not Equal

    You don’t need to be on Live to watch that video; just click play.

  • roozbeh, again

    I always knew what kind of company Microsoft is, I just happen to criticize them when I feel something is wrong, not just because their Microsoft.

  • roozbeh, again

    I’m giving dem my moniez :)

  • http://tmazon.com/ Tony

    Try Xbox Support. http://support.xbox.com/

    Even better, try the error code search on Xbox Support. http://support.xbox.com/en-US/error-code-lookup

 

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