By: Nazia Adnin
In this article I am going to write about Aspect Ratio. No, I am not going to write about mathematical aspect ratio as I suffer from Arithmophobia. Don’t we all suffer from this phobia? hahaha.
Knowledge and love of aspect ratio is a point of pride for many movie buffs and they try to keep themselves updated with ever evolving new formats of aspect ratio. Aspect ratio of an image is the proportional relation between its height and width. It is commonly expressed in two numbers separated by a colon .For instance 4:3 or 1:33:1 .Here, the first number refers to the width of the screen, and the second to the height. So for every 4 inches (or centimeters) in width, there will be 3 in height.
From Academy ratio to IMAX, the world of cinema has experimented with different formats and techniques to enhance the experience of viewers over the years. “Go Wide” has always been a motto of film makers to give audience better viewing experience.
4:3 (1:33:1) standards:
It is been the most common and highly used ratio since the early era of cinema especially in silent era. Usually it is called “Four three” or “Four by three”. This ratio is very close to Academy Ratio. In the beginning of 21st century the ratio has started to phasing out and new ratios are being used in all of modern different mediums, movie cameras and broadcasts.
16:9 (1.77:1) standards:
21: 9 (2.370:1) standard:
It is designed to show films recorded in Cinemascope or the modern anamorphic format of 2.39:1.This nearly a ratio of cinematic movie ratio.