Re: The OFFICIAL STNG-R discussion thread!
I don't know if making 4:3 image to 16:9 is worth it. The didn't do it for TOS, why do it for TNG? It looks awful for the HD Friends/Seinfeld 'explosions'. (I'm assuming TNG wasn't show in 16:9, like B5 was).
I made these a while back to show how cropping wouldn't negatively impact the show.
Here's the originally framed 4:3 shot
And the HDified 16:9
Another shot, old school:
And new hotness:
The "meat" of the action has been, and will always be in the center section of the screen. Losing the background on top and the foreground on the bottom wouldn't really negatively impact the plot, feel, or "director's vision".
Plus, lot of people just like having the entirety of their TV that they paid a lot of money for filled with exciting colors and moving images. Double if they paid hundreds of dollars for the full TNG-HD box set.
These are quite good, and don't even include the overscan image, which adds a little information horizontally to what you ahve here.
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