Originally Posted by xenon2000
It would not be used on a scope screen. If the side masking is really available to the 16:9 non-zoomed 2.35 scope mode (native mode), then it would be used to slightly mask source noise such as possible broadcast borders, etc. Though this is usually at the top horizontally.
If you have a scope screen, the idea is that the AE4000 zooms the 16x9 native LCD panels so that the "black" bars are then projected out of bounds of your scope screen. Then when you watch 16x9 content, it zooms back out so the height is the same, but now the sides are at the native 16x9 size and so it's just a native 16x9 image inside the scope screen area. Nothing should need to be masked at this point on the sides since the projector is not a native scope ratio. (wish it was.) I know I am just repeating what has already been said, but seems to keep coming up.
Yes you are correct, but not everyone has to do it exactly the same way as you might think for a number of different reasons.
I run two motorized screens:
1. 16x9 - 120" that I run all my 16x9 films on.
2. 2:35 - 150" that I run all my scope films on.
I only use the 2.35 screen
for mixed content, never a feature film in 16x9 as my 120" is much larger.
e.g. Scope feature with mixed 16x9 start up content like trailers, logos, menus, this I have saved to the 16x9 position. Here I have used the L&R blanking (cropped image) to make the 16x9 ratio content just a bit smaller than normal, when the feature starts up in scope you get a huge wow factor, almost like zooming from 4.3 up to scope. Cropping here this way doesnt matter, the content isnt important, logos etc etc....
There are heaps of other ideas one can do with any of the 4 blanking masks, which can be saved for any ratio
, up to six times.
1. Lock them onto the 4 borders of your 2.35 screen, start up a movie thats scope and all the 16x9 logos, censorship titles, menu will be displayed with top and bottoms cut to perfectly fit all four sides of the scope screen. (no usual overspill)
2. Zoom a film like Baraka so both sides fit the 2.35 screen, now you have small overspill on the top and bottom of the screen. Now cut (trim) the top and bottom of that spilled image and Baraka fits perfectly masked for better presentation. No different to how its done in the cinema, I know after being a cinema projectionist for 30+ years
Lots more ways you can clean up the presentaition of a film if you want to be creative using the blanking......