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.

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  1. Babs says

    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!