Widescreen aspect ratio instructions
Some classrooms have controls capable of adjusting aspect ratio to more adequately display widescreen-formatted material on the projection screen or display monitor. For a list of classrooms that have widescreen controls, click here.
Using aspect ratio controls
|In rooms with hard button control panels:|
|In rooms with touchscreen control systems:|
Aspect ratio FAQ
What is aspect ratio?
An aspect ratio is the ratio of the width of an image compared to its height. The two most commonly used ratios for display devices are standard 4:3 and 16:9, also known as widescreen.
Why should I use this feature?
Aspect ratio controls give you several different options for displaying your content on the classroom’s widescreen projector or monitor. The appropriate mode will depend on the ratio of your content as well as your preference as to how it will look on the screen. Depending on your content, there may be an advantage to be able to show the details of widescreen material that does not appear truncated or cut off.
What is displayed if no controls are used?
If you do not select any aspect ratio options:
- When displaying a computer screen, the projector will attempt to match the computer display settings.
- When displaying a video,
- VCR: the projector will display standard 4:3;
- DVD: projector will attempt to match settings encoded on the DVD.
What do the different options mean?
The touchscreen controls offer many options for displaying different types of content. Here is a brief description of the options available. Note that not all options are available in every classroom.
Video signals (available only when a video signal, such as from a DVD player, is present)
|4:3||Select to view a picture with normal 4:3 ratio. This ratio generally matches older films and television programs. If using a DVD, check the disc's outer case or description to determine its proper ratio. When using this mode, a standard 4:3 image will display properly but will not fill out the entire screen on each side.||
Select to view a picture squeezed. This mode is generally used for “enhanced” or “anamorphic” widescreen video material with a 16:9 ratio. If using a DVD, check the disc’s outer case or description to determine its proper ratio. Some video material may display black bars around the image. Using this mode with 4:3 video material will stretch the image to fill the screen.
A 16:9 aspect ratio picture is enlarged to fill the screen. This mode may be useful for widescreen video material that contains bars or bands around the image. For some material, portions of the image may be cropped.
Displays a picture on the whole of the screen. When using 4:3 ratio materials, the sides of the image may be horizontally stretched on the sides. Widescreen video will be displayed with no black bars or bands around the image. Some content will look identical in this mode as it does in the “16:9” mode.
Computer signals (available only when a computer/laptop signal is present)
Makes the aspect ratio 4:3. This mode is intended for computers running a display resolution that matches the 4:3 ratio, such as 1024x768. The image will retain its full height in this mode with no alteration.
Makes the aspect ratio 16:9. This mode is intended for computers running a display resolution that matches the 16:10 ratio, such as 1280x800. A 4:3 resolution image will appear stretched in this mode.
Displays a picture vertically or horizontally to fill the screen without changing the aspect ratio of the original picture. When using some wide display resolutions, this mode will zoom the image to fill the screen. This mode may not change the image when using some display resolutions.
Displays a picture on the whole of the screen. This mode may crop the image when using certain display resolutions. This mode may not change the image when using some display resolutions.
Displays the picture while matching one pixel of picture element to that of the LCD projector. The picture will be clear but the picture size will be smaller. This mode will match the display resolution of the projector to that of the computer. If the computer’s display resolution is above 1280x800, the image may be cropped. If the computer’s display resolution is below 1024x768, the image size may be smaller and contain bands around the image.
If the selected mode does not display the image to the desired size, press the AUTO SET-UP or select a different mode to change aspect ratio mode. The AUTO SET-UP mode will attempt to estimate the appropriate ratio for the image.
- Akerman Hall: 209 and 319
- Amundson Hall: All classrooms except B75
- Anderson Hall: 250, 270, 310, 350, and 370
- Biological Sciences: 12
- Blegen Hall: All classrooms
- Burton Hall: All classrooms
- Carlson School of Management: All classrooms on 1st & 2nd floors (except 1-122), L-110, L-114, and L-118
- Cooke Hall: All classrooms
- Folwell Hall: All classrooms
- Food Science and Nutrition: 15
- Ford Hall: B60 and 170
- Green Hall: 110
- Hanson Hall: All classrooms
- Hodson Hall: 495
- Humphrey Center: 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 60
- Kaufert Lab: 302
- Keller Hall: 2-260
- Kolthoff Hall: All classrooms
- Lind Hall: All classrooms except 215
- McNeal Hall: 10, 144, 146, and 395
- Magrath Library: All classrooms
- Mechanical Engineering: 225
- Molecular Cellular Biology Building: 3-120
- Murphy Hall: 130, 228
- Nicholson Hall: 155 and 275 (center projectors only, in cinema mode)
- Peik Hall: 215 and 225
- Rapson Hall: 100
- Ruttan Hall: B25, B26, B35, B36, and B45
- STSS: All classrooms and ALC table monitors
- Smith Hall: 100
- Tate Lab of Physics: 150
- West Bank Auditorium: 20
- Willey Hall: 125 and 175
If you have questions about aspect ratio, please contact the Classroom Support Hotline at 612-625-1086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.