Originally Posted by d3193
If only there were similar quality controls in place here. Of course, a show delivered to a network has to pass that network's own tech standards, but 'image shape' doesn't seem to be considered important to many.
Did I mention seeing (more than once) an anamorphically squeezed (originally 4:3) image that was then cropped and zoomed-in to fit a 16:9 frame? Tall thin people, much of the frame missing, and a soft image. So much effort to look ridiculous.
Here are the BBC Tech Delivery guidelines (now pretty much the same across the UK industry) :
"All high definition programmes (except as below) must be delivered in 16:9 Widescreen. This means that the active picture must fill a 16:9 screen vertically and horizontally without geometric distortion.
However for Archive content :
"2.6.2 Aspect ratio - archive
Archive material should be zoomed to fill the 16:9 raster where possible without compromising the image quality or composition, otherwise it may be presented in a pillar-box format, which:
may be of an intermediate ratio between 4:3 and 16:9, but must be of consistent width across sequences,
must be centrally framed in the 16:9 raster,
must show no geometrical distortion,
must have clean and sharp pillar-box edges (i.e. any video or film edge artefacts may need to be blanked.)
must be black outside the active picture, unless otherwise specified by the broadcaster."