Anamorphic also is known as 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen. In DVD technology, anamorphic is a process for preserving a movie’s entire image and rich detail by compressing it horizontally during the DVD printing process. The stored image is a distortion of the original one, hence the term anamorphic. The movie image is uncompressed when viewed, though the entire image will only be visible on a widescreen television, HDTV, or DTV. Modern films are created in a movie theatre screen format using a range of aspect ratios from 1.85:1 (Academy Flat) to 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Scope, CinemaScope, and Panavision).
Technipages Explains Anamorphic
Anamorphic is a screen resolution in the ratio 16: 9; this means the width to height ratio. So when a movie is labelled 16:9 or anamorphic, what it means is that it is formatted for widescreen TVs and will try to fill as much of the screen as it can. Anamorphic originated from the Greek word anamorphosis, which means transformation. After anamorphic has been achieved, the motion picture, when viewed, will appear rectangular.
Anamorphic deals with the compression of a movie into a storage device, the compression is done to reduce the horizontal resolution of the motion picture while retaining the vertical aspect of the motion picture. Anamorphic is a distorted projection that is, but when it is seen from another view, it will appear normal. Anamorphic is all about projection angle when a compressed motion picture is projected on a projector, and the projector plays back the motion picture as it should be in the ratio 1.37. Anamorphic is mainly carried out to store a widescreen motion picture on a medium whose aspect ratio is much more-narrower, retaining the qualities of the motion picture.
Technically, after the movie has undergone anamorphic changes, though it is recorded in the widescreen format, it ends up being distorted, this is to maintain the quality, it is then projected with an anamorphic projection lens.
Common Uses of Anamorphic
- The main of anamorphic is to enable the storage of movie clips, and the movie is compressed into a storage device
- After anamorphic, distortion is now evident in the clip, so it is then projected with an anamorphic lens
- Anamorphic lenses correct the distortion in movies, and the distortion stretches the height of the movie while shrinking the sides
Common Misuses of Anamorphic
- After anamorphic, when the movie is to be projected, there is no need for an anamorphic lens to correct the distortion.