Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:08 AM
Can someone(s) explain to me what all I need to know about aspect ratios (as a director or anyone else involved in filmmaking)... or do I really have to read a 10 page online guide to Understanding Aspect Ratios?
Thanks, Jared S.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:24 AM
There's little to worry about other than that; 2.4:1 or 1.85:1... your choice. Tell your DP which you like, he might have an opinion too, then pick it. Let him worry about dealing with it technically.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:59 AM
Hence 1.33 : 1 (cinema) is the same ratio mathematically as 4x3 (video)... And 1.78 : 1 is the same as 16x9.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:31 AM
If you shoot in 1:85 it's very easy to crop down to 1.78 for television - only a little trim from each side.
Oh course you can get arty and use all the other various "standard" ratios out there - Silent or Full Aperture at 1.33:1, Academy Aperture at 1.37:1, "widescreen" 1.66:1, Superscope at 2:1, TODD-AO and Panavision Super 70 at 2.2:1, original CinemaScope at 2.55:1, and the grand poohbah of wide, Ultra Panavision 70 at 2.76:1.
Of course the way you acquire your footage may introduce technical limitations.