Anamorphic

F/A/V
An optical system having different magnifications in the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the image.
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A technique for capturing a 16:9 widescreen picture on standard 4:3 aspect ratio camera. Uses an eletronic process or a special lens that squeezes the 16:9 widescreen image into a 4:3 aspect ratio which can be later unsqueezed in postproduction.
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HD
A term used to denote a difference in magnification along mutually perpendicular meridians. Anamorphic systems are basically image-distorting systems. A wide formatted image will be compressed horizontally creating a “squished” looking picture to fit into a narrow medium (film or video). For proper viewing, the image must be expanded back to its original wide format.
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16:9 footage (widescreen) that has been stretched vertically in-camera or during the post production process that results in the widescreen image filling up the whole of a 16:9 screen. This is in contrast to non-anamorphic screen footage in which black lines appear at the top and bottom of the image (known as letterboxing).

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  • anamorphic — (adj.) 1904, in geology; see ANAMORPHOSIS (Cf. anamorphosis) + IC (Cf. ic). Cinematographic use dates from 1954 …   Etymology dictionary

  • anamorphic — [an΄ə môr′fik] adj. of or having to do with anamorphosis or anamorphism …   English World dictionary

  • anamorphic —   related to different optical imaging effects; refers to a method of intentionally distorting and creating a wide screen image with standard film, using a conversion process or a special lens on the camera and projector to produce different… …   Glossary of cinematic terms

  • anamorphic — adjective Etymology: New Latin anamorphosis distorted optical image Date: circa 1925 producing, relating to, or marked by intentional distortion (as by unequal magnification along perpendicular axes) of an image < an anamorphic lens > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anamorphic — an•a•mor•phic [[t]ˌæn əˈmɔr fɪk[/t]] adj. 1) opt having or producing unequal magnifications along two axes perpendicular to each other: an anamorphic lens[/ex] 2) gel of or pertaining to anamorphosis • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • anamorphic — adjective 1. pertaining to gradual evolution from one type of organism to another • Pertains to noun: ↑anamorphosis 2. pertaining to a kind of distorting optical system an anamorphic lense • Pertains to noun: ↑anamorphosis …   Useful english dictionary

  • anamorphic — /an euh mawr fik/, adj. 1. Optics. having or producing unequal magnifications along two axes perpendicular to each other. 2. of, pertaining to, or created by anamorphosis or anamorphism. [1900 05; ANAMORPH(ISM) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • anamorphic — adjective a) producing various optically distorted images b) of or relating to the gradual evolution of different types of organism See Also: anamorphism, anamorphosis …   Wiktionary

  • anamorphic — an·a·mor·phic …   English syllables

  • anamorphic —   a. (of optical device or image produced by it) magnifying or being magnified differently in two different directions; changing into a more complex form.    ♦ anamorphism, n. such geological change …   Dictionary of difficult words

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