Thanks for any and all help.
A 3:2 aspect is the same as 3/2 : 2/2 = 1.5:1. A 4:3 show. These are all wide or landscape representations. But a 2:3 is the portrait version of 3:2.
Most older TV sets are 4:3 aspect. Most of the newer TVs are 16:9. Your best bet is to work with a 16:9, widescreen aspect show. It will fit most of today's TV sets/monitors and those for the foreseeable future.
Blu-Ray is a specification that is for high definition video ... it's often attributed to the 1920:1080 aspect which is 16:9 (1920/120=16 and 1080/120=9). It's a format, however that few expect to be around much longer ... However, you can burn your show to a DVD. Just burn your 16:9/wide screen to it and then play it back on an upconverting DVD player. NTSC DVD is 720x480. But, if you record your 16:9 show on this DVD (normal DVD video), you will get a letterboxed appearance on a 4:3 TV screen and a 16:9 format on a 16:9 TV/monitor (that is, it will fill the screen without distortion).
It's probably more that the confusion is all about the different resolutions and aspect ratios and the like that exist out there and all the different standards that ProShow supports. Many TV sets today are also able to recognize HD video formats directly ... just plug the USB Drive into the USB port on the TV, navigate to the video and play it (I don't have one of those TVs ... so I may have distorted that aspect of it ... but, that's what I hear).
I'm sure someone else will chime in so, keep tuned and good luck!
Also, with the newer flatscreen TV's you can probably set all your images as "Fit to frame," in the Layer Settings tab. This should reduce or perhaps even eliminate the extra black space around the TV screen.
P.S: An awful lot of us start out with ProShow being confused by all this aspect ratio business. I remember having the problem until I realized one day that "aspect ratio" was nothing more than the shape of the rectangular screen. 4:3 is closer to a square than 16:9 is.
While I don't have a specific treatment of aspects written up yet (it's in the queue), I do have the equations available that are relevant to calculating the amount of an image that will either overflow or underflow the screen frame (but, that's relevant only for those who want and need precision placement or for those who need to know specifics). So, the choice of scaling your image will depend on that of your image(s) and what you are trying to do in the show's screen real estate that's available to you (be it 16:9 or 4:3).
Aspect can be confusing, that's for sure. Once you get the basics of it, however, things start becoming clearer. It doesn't help that we've got images and videos of all different sizes and they generally are not the same as the show's aspect. And, If you crop your images to fit your show's aspect, you have to know what you are doing (or you can mess the image up) ... and you have to know how to do the math (or find the right application that does the work for your). PSP's crop feature is non-destructive and easy to use ... but not intuitive and it's not all informative either.
Sorry, forgot to add the link to those layer equations mentioned above. The equations associated with layers zoom, pan, rotation center, height, and width are here: http://fpvp.wordpress.com/layers/layer-equations/
(it's also why I said: ... it depends...)
PS WHERE would we all thought the same way ? ? ?
mikey (PSP6, Photoshop CS6, Vegas Pro 12, Acid 7, BluffTitler, Nikon D70s, D300s, D810)
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gpsmikey wrote:...when I'm editing pictures from the camera is crop them 16:9 as part of my processing.
All my graphics are 16:9 because their size is then instantly controllable, but doesn't cropping photos in this manner end up limiting you to mostly one photo at a time in a show and with no visual variety?
But, is the variety you're talking about multiple aspects? If so, isn't that then, a technique for presenting your images? If I have 2 or 3 images on the screen at once, it's usually with each image with the same aspect (or at least the appearance of it). With some tho, like in my clothesline style (Image Hang Line), multiple aspects are the aspect of the day. See? ... it depends ...!
The OP asked about aspect ratios, and now we've quickly gone winging off on a tangent. I love it.
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