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Updated 14/11/2012Home » Video Glossary » Letterbox


Letterbox is the process or form of video where black horizontal mattes are added to the top and bottom of the display area in order to create a frame in which to display video using an aspect ratio different than that of the display.

The letterbox method preserves the entire video picture, as opposed to Pan&Scan. DVD-Video players can automatically letterbox a widescreen picture for display on a standard 4:3 TV.