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Videogrunt Pan and Scan


Craig Syverson just posted the 4th installment of his videogrunt series. Craig does a great job of covering how films are converted from their original aspect ratios to “Pan and Scan” for display on standard 4:3 television screens. He uses one of my all time favorite films, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as his example (see this film is you haven’t already: Eastwood, Wallach and Van Cleef directed by Leone – doesn’t get much better than that). Craig also has an interesting discussion of how he used of a scene from the actual film via his research on the Fair Use doctrine. Great stuff, that is why we asked him to be an instructor at the upcoming Podcast Academy to be held at the Portable Media Expo. Hope to see you there.

1 Response to “Videogrunt Pan and Scan”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 Babs Aug 3rd, 2006 at 2:20 am

    Thank you for these podcasts! I am a documentary editor and now with less
    expensive HD cameras and the FCC mandate for the switchover, I am constantly
    running into the problem of combining 4×3 archival (or just betaSP) and 16×9.
    I have downloaded your podcast on my ipod, so that I can hand it to clients and say
    “watch this” and then we can talk about our options.
    Keep up the good work!


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Michael W. Geoghegan is founder and CEO of GigaVox Media, a production, consulting and technology company focused on audio/video new media.

As a pioneer of podcasting, Michael created some of the first corporate podcasts, including efforts by Disney. Michael is also creator of the 2008 James Beard Award winning "GrapeRadio" and "Reel Reviews: Films Worth Watching". He is editor-in-chief of the Podcast Academy™ book series and co-author of Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Podcasting.

Michael speaks frequently on podcasting's impact on new media and its corporate applications and is often quoted by the media including in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN and Wired Magazine.