pan and scan definition

  • noun:
    • a technique of printing flicks for presentation on tv that modifies the rectangular theater picture by cutting the sides and concentrating on significant action within the recently truncated image.
    • The method or practice of modifying widescreen movie images, specially 2.35:1 or 2.39:1 aspect ratio, in order to be shown inside the proportions of a 1.33:1 or 1.78:1 aspect proportion tv screen, by cropping down sides of the initial widescreen picture, rather than letterboxing.
    • a film recording employing this technology.
  • adjective:
    • Formatted to fit completely within proportions of a 1.33:1 or 1.78:1 aspect ratio tv display, with sides associated with initial widescreen image (especially 2.35:1 aspect ratio) cropped off.
  • verb:
    • to modify widescreen movie pictures in order to be shown with standard television aspect ratios by cropping the initial picture, for example. making use of cooking pan and scan techniques.
    • To crop on (a character or object) when performing the cooking pan and scan procedure, causing the removal of a character or object.
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