here is another pet peeve of mine that seems to be getting worse lately. Local stations and certain newscasts are taking widescreen video and squeezing them into a standard 4:3 frame which makes everyone look skinny. I've watched ABC news programming where they would run 4:3 stretched out to 16x9, 4:3 cropped to look 16x9 (cutting heads off) and widescreen squeezed into a 4:3 frame. sometimes all in the same broadcast. when they edit these videos, how difficult is it to put the clip in the proper format/aspect ratio? I have a free video editor in my laptop and I'm not a pro editor and even I know how to get it right. you would think that "professionals" at TV networks and local stations would figure it out. Just simply run the clip in the same format that it was recorded in. don't squeeze it, don't stretch it, and don't crop it. its really not that complicated. And DON'T squeeze those Richard Scwartz commercials. Its bad enough we have to watch lawyer ads, but seeing him looking like a bean pole is just too much.
WJTV has been running sports (sometimes RTV) on Saturday's in squeeze-o-vision. they are broadcasting in 16x9, but the video is 4:3 but has 16x9 squeezed on it. unwatchable if you ask me.