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A History of Movie Aspect Ratios! 
(or Why I Like IMAX)! 
! 
Melinda Seckington 
@mseckington missgeeky.com
Analog cinema 
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35 mm 
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4:3 
1.33:1 
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1950s: 
Widescreen 
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1.50:1 VistaVision 
2.00:1 SuperScope 
2.20:1 Todd-AO & 
Super PanaVision 70 
2.59:1 Cinerama 
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CinemaScope 
2.35:1 
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1.85:1 
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1980s 
T-Grain 
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Digital cinema? 
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Letterbox Pillarbox 
16:9 
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High definition TV (HDTV) 
1280 pixels 
720 pixels 1080 pixels 
1980 pixels 
720p 1080p 
* I know, I know, I’m skipping th...
2K & 4K 
Digital Cinema 
@mseckington missgeeky.com
Digital cinema projection 
1980 pixels 
1080p 
1080 pixels 
2048 pixels 
1080 pixels* 
2K 
* this will be cropped dependin...
Digital cinema projection 
4K 
2K 1080 pixels* 2160 pixels* 
2048 pixels 
4096 pixels 
* this will be cropped depending on...
How does 
analog cinema 
relate to that? 
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Digital cinema projection 
4K 
2K 
35 mm 
* this will be cropped depending on the original aspect ratio (so widescreen or ...
IMAX 
@mseckington missgeeky.com
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IMAX 
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Movie aspect ratios

  1. 1. A History of Movie Aspect Ratios! (or Why I Like IMAX)! ! Melinda Seckington @mseckington missgeeky.com
  2. 2. Analog cinema @mseckington missgeeky.com
  3. 3. 35 mm @mseckington missgeeky.com
  4. 4. 4:3 1.33:1 @mseckington missgeeky.com
  5. 5. 1950s: Widescreen @mseckington missgeeky.com
  6. 6. 1.50:1 VistaVision 2.00:1 SuperScope 2.20:1 Todd-AO & Super PanaVision 70 2.59:1 Cinerama @mseckington missgeeky.com
  7. 7. CinemaScope 2.35:1 @mseckington missgeeky.com
  8. 8. 1.85:1 @mseckington missgeeky.com
  9. 9. 1980s T-Grain @mseckington missgeeky.com
  10. 10. Digital cinema? @mseckington missgeeky.com
  11. 11. @mseckington missgeeky.com
  12. 12. Letterbox Pillarbox 16:9 @mseckington missgeeky.com
  13. 13. High definition TV (HDTV) 1280 pixels 720 pixels 1080 pixels 1980 pixels 720p 1080p * I know, I know, I’m skipping the explanation of 1080i to make things easier @mseckington missgeeky.com
  14. 14. 2K & 4K Digital Cinema @mseckington missgeeky.com
  15. 15. Digital cinema projection 1980 pixels 1080p 1080 pixels 2048 pixels 1080 pixels* 2K * this will be cropped depending on the original aspect ratio (so widescreen or CinemaScope) @mseckington missgeeky.com
  16. 16. Digital cinema projection 4K 2K 1080 pixels* 2160 pixels* 2048 pixels 4096 pixels * this will be cropped depending on the original aspect ratio (so widescreen or CinemaScope) @mseckington missgeeky.com
  17. 17. How does analog cinema relate to that? @mseckington missgeeky.com
  18. 18. Digital cinema projection 4K 2K 35 mm * this will be cropped depending on the original aspect ratio (so widescreen or CinemaScope) @mseckington missgeeky.com
  19. 19. IMAX @mseckington missgeeky.com
  20. 20. @mseckington missgeeky.com
  21. 21. IMAX @mseckington missgeeky.com

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