4:3 Screens

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Posted 5 days ago , edited 5 days ago
If you try to watch classic anime with an old monitor to avoid black bars at the edges you end up with a small frame ...
Subtitles are also not capable of positioning themselves on the black bars in 16: 9

It's a waste of screen ...
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So I guess they actually encode 4:3 shows as 16:9 videos with forced pillarboxing, rather than encoding videos in 640x480 (or whatever) and letting end users' screens display them with "soft" pillarboxing. Kind of like what Viz did with their recent Ranma 1/2 DVDs -- they're downscaled from the Blu-Ray video, which is 16:9 with "hard" pillarboxing, and will display with black bars on all four sides if you watch on a 4:3 screen. I would wonder if it's impractical to keep an old monitor around just for these situations, but I still have a 2003-vintage 27" CRT TV in my setup for old gaming consoles.

It's probably for the best that subtitles aren't displayed in letterboxing bars for 16:9 shows. That forces viewers to keep dipping their attention down below the main image and missing out on more visual content than they would if the subtitles were in normal positions.
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