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16×9? 4×3? History of the Aspect Ratio

By Anthony Thurston on June 28th 2013

Have you ever wondered how 16×9 came to be the standard for Digital video? How about where 4×3, or the standard TV ratio, came from? We have got a treat for you history geeks out there today, check out this awesome video put out by FilmmakerIQ called The Changing Shape of Cinema: The History of Aspect Ratio.

In the video your Host John Hess takes us from the very first aspect ratio of 4×3, all the way up to what is now the standard 16×9. The video is really interesting if you even have a passing interest in the subject. The only thing is that it covers A LOT of ground, and thus runs about 18 minutes long. If you can handle the long (by internet standards) length, check it out.



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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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