Ive done a google search on my query but didn't really get a definitive answer. I'm in the middle of filling out an entry form for a film festival that I'll be submitting a short film to. Ive elected to send them a Bluray if my film is selected for screening. However, they want to know if my film will be 16:9 (Letterboxed) or 16:9 (Anamorphic.) The film was shot in High Definition so it's native aspect ratio is 16:9. However, is a Bluray likely to be Letterboxed or Anamorphic? I'm assuming Anamorphic but correct me if I'm wrong. Or does it all depend on who does the burning / authoring?
Bluray - letterboxed or anamorphic?
Posted 04 April 2016 - 07:18 AM
To be honest, I don't think it would fit into either category. Though looks like I have to tick one of these two boxes on the entry form. I guess it's safer to go with the Letterboxed option.
Posted 04 April 2016 - 07:50 AM
16:9 shouldn't be letterboxed unless it is being projected on a 4:3 screen. You should enquirer as to the projector format.
Furthermore, if your film was encoded to the disk with anamorphic (squeezed) pixels, it would need to be unsqueezed during projection.
Posted 04 April 2016 - 08:26 AM
Blu Ray is a HD format so is square pixels only. Its 16:9 native e.g thats the default shape - it achieves this ratio without the use of letterboxing or non-square pixels. 1920x 1080 is the standard format for blueray you only require letter boxing for wider then 16:9 formats. Less wide formats 1.66:1 and 4:3 conversely require pillarboxing to fit
Posted 05 April 2016 - 11:06 AM
I'll give a full list of the options listed under the Projection Ratio Digital heading on the entry form:
4:3 (Full frame)
Strange that there is no 16:9 (Full frame) option as that is what Bluray essentially is. And Bluray is listed as one of the accepted formats on the entry form.
Perhaps their screen is 4:3 and some films have to be letterboxed to display a 16:9 image on it. Then again they also appear to accept anamorphic films. And if they can project anamorphic films, then surely they could also display full frame 16:9 images?
There's also a Film Projection Ratio heading as well with the following options for film prints:
Full frame (silent
So the only thing missing is a 16:9 (full frame) checkbox to tick.I guess I'll just have to write one in myself and tick that.
Edited by Patrick Cooper, 05 April 2016 - 11:09 AM.