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What is the difference between Widescreen and Full Screen?

Asked by E. Stanley, Last updated: Feb 18, 2020

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Answered Dec 01, 2019

There are two types of TV screens in our world today. The widescreen and the fullscreen TV
Widescreen uses an aspect ratio of 16:9. This aspect ratio preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. This is the aspect ratio mostly used in movies and TV shows. No part of the picture is lost.

Many people prefer widescreen to fullscreen, as this gives a full view of what they are watching.

If you are watching a movie and you see black bars on your TV, it’s because the movie was filmed at 16:9 and you are watching on a TV that has a 4:3 ratio.

The full screen uses an aspect ratio of 4:3. In full-screen view, the picture fills up the entire screen, and important information on the sides is cut off.

Watching your movies on widescreen TV will help eliminate the bars you see at the top and bottom of your screen.

 

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Answered Nov 28, 2019

There are two types of TV screens in our world today. The widescreen and the fullscreen TV
Widescreen uses an aspect ratio of 16:9. This aspect ratio preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. This is the aspect ratio mostly used in movies and TV shows. No part of the picture is lost.

Many people prefer widescreen to fullscreen, as this gives a full view of what they are watching.

If you are watching a movie and you see black bars on your TV, it’s because the movie was filmed at 16:9 and you are watching on a TV that has a 4:3 ratio.

The full screen uses an aspect ratio of 4:3. In full-screen view, the picture fills up the entire screen, and important information on the sides is cut off.

Watching your movies on widescreen TV will help eliminate the bars you see at the top and bottom of your screen.

 

E. James

E. James

Answered Nov 20, 2019

Widescreen has an aspect ratio of 16:9, while the full screen uses a facet ratio of 4:3. Widescreen is better for movies than the full screen. A widescreen film can still be played on full-screen TV and vice versa. One of the reasons that widescreen became popular is because people wanted to feel like they were in a movie theater when they were watching television.

Previously watching movies on a full screen generally meant the black lines were existing on the bottom and the top of the screen to fit the frame into the screen. With widescreen TVs, you get few or no black bars, therefore, maximizing the use of the screen. When showing a full-screen format on a widescreen tv, the usual solution is stretching the frame to fit the screen.

 

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