pan and scan
- (film) Formatted to fit within proportions of a 1.33:1 or 1.78:1 aspect ratio television screen, with sides of the original widescreen image (especially 2.35:1 aspect ratio) cropped off.
- Paul disdained pan and scan DVD releases, always holding out for the widescreen special editions.
- (uncountable, film) The method or practice of adjusting widescreen film images, especially 2.35:1 or 2.39:1 aspect ratio, so that they can be shown within the proportions of a 1.33:1 or 1.78:1 aspect ratio television screen, by cropping off sides of the original widescreen image, as opposed to letterboxing.
- Alicia hated the person who had invented pan and scan, since the heightened panning effect aggravated her nausea when watching action movies.
- (film) A movie recording employing this technology.
- In the discount bin by the door sat a pile of pan and scans, mostly comedies, that no one would touch.
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- (film) To adjust widescreen film images so that they can be shown with standard television aspect ratios by cropping the original image, i.e. using pan and scan methods.
- (film) To crop out (a character or object) when performing the pan and scan process, resulting in the deletion of a character or object.
- On the fullscreen version of Star Wars Episode II, only Anakin and Obi-Wan appear in the scene because Padmé was panned and scanned out.