pan and scanpan and scan
A method of printing movies for presentation on television that modifies the rectangular theater image by trimming the sides and focusing on significant action within the newly truncated image.
(plural pan and scans)
- (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.
(third-person singular simple present pans and scans, present participle panning and scanning, simple past and past participle panned and scanned)
- (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 PadmÃ© was panned and scanned out.