First, what is image aspect ratio? Here’s a good definition from Wikipedia…

“The aspect ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height. It is commonly expressed as two numbers separated by a colon, as in 16:9.” – Wikipedia

Aspect Ratio through the Eyes of Your HD TV

Video deals a lot with aspect ratio. If you have a nice flat screen HDTV, you’ll be familiar with this.

You’ll see display options like 4:3 or 16:9. You can think of these as 4×3 inches or 16×9 inches if that helps.

The graphic below shows both of these aspect ratios and what they look like combined…

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Written by jonmikelbailey
1906 days ago

Hopefully they will all read this and stop doing that! ;-)



Written by devan
1907 days ago

Great explanation, Jon! The thing that bothers me the most with that stuff is when people take videos with their iPhones holding it vertically instead of horizontally (so you get that 16:9 ratio) instead of a really tall video. Drives me nuts!



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