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#1 Ram Shani

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:00 AM

hi all

a movie i shoot was finished at anamorphic print

now we want to do a make a digital copy on hd and a dvd's


i will need to decide about the picture ratio of the D-Beta copy:
anamorph, or cinemascope letterbox, or 1:1.85 letterbox - this way the DVD
copies will have the same picture ratio.



i was thinking anamorphic like the print but i am afraid about the DVD distribution (can a home DVD project anamorphic format?)


or it's better to go with cinemascope letterbox?


maybe it's best to make the D-beta on anamorph and the dvd on cinemascope?






thanks ram
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#2 Phil Connolly

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:35 AM

Your 2 options with a DVD master are 4:3 or 16:9(1.77:1) anamorphic, nothing else the format supports these two ratios only. To get other ratio's letter boxing is required

Normal practice for a 2.39:1 cinemascope film is to make 16:9 digi-beta with a 2.39:1 letterbox in the 16:9 (1.77:1) frame to get the original composition.

1.85:1 is very similar to 16:9 (1.77:1) so 1.85:1 films on DVD are usually mastered on 16:9 dvd's with either a very slight letterbox, just a few lines - or the frame is just opened up to 1.77:1.

If your film is 2.39:1 cinemascope i wouldn't make a 1.85:1 dvd as its quite a big crop and is going to mess up your original compositions. Most people are fine with a 2.39:1 letterbox. Just make sure its mastered as 16:9 anamorphic with letterbox- rather then 4:3 with letterbox.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 08:44 AM

thanks for the quick and informative answer :)
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