Yes, for transfer, you can usually letterbox almost any wider ratio within the 16:9 or 4:3 television aspect ratios. 2.20:1 would be common, as it was the aspect ratio of most 70mm releases, and is retained on many of the "widescreen" DVD transfers of those films.
BTW, the current "scope" ratio is actually (0.825/0.690)X2 = 2.39:1
Standard SMPTE 195 recognizes 2.39:1, 1.85:1, 1.66:1 and 1.37:1 as current 35mm aspect ratios for theatrical exhibition.
SMPTE 96M-2004 for Television - 35- and 16-mm Motion-Picture Film - Scanned Image Area specifies the size and location of that portion of 35- and 16-mm motion-picture film to be captured by a scanning device for 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio:
Hi John, thanks for the informative reply and for setting me straight on the exact AR's. Also, I bookmarked that site and will be scouring it soon.
I know with film, you really only have two ARs to use, flat or scope. But in filming for DVD but still trying to give the audience a somewhat cinematic feel, there are more options with the AR you use, thus you can make something creative and unique, as long as you framed for that specific AR.
It's a little bit of a tough call because on tv's 4:3 and 16:9, you want to use as much screen as possible, but at the same time, you want the widescreen feel. So that's why the 2:20 AR looks like an attractive solution. Any thoughts?
Edited by elvworks, 24 February 2006 - 11:53 PM.