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Don't you hate it when? [Aug. 15th, 2014|06:19 pm]
kyle cassidy
In some meeting room 8 or 10 or so years ago someone said "I think when Standard Definition video is played on a 16:9 HD television, the default should be 'stretch video to fill screen'." I'm betting that person was not an engineer.










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[User Picture]From: fyr3lyt3
2014-08-16 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've actually been blaming engineers all this time and assuming it was only graphics people who flinched at the idea of 'stretch to fill'. Do I need to apologize to some engineers?
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[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-25 02:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm an engineer and the only thing I'll even consider is "stretch to fill preserving aspect ratio" which either clips top and bottom or vertically letterboxes, depending on the source.

I cannot abide messing with the aspect. That feature needs to die.
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[User Picture]From: fyr3lyt3
2014-08-25 11:05 pm (UTC)
Then I offer you a formal apology, Mattcaron, for perpetuating the unnecessary rift between design and engineering. May your aspect ratios be ever preserved!
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[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-26 01:40 pm (UTC)
In turn, on behalf of all software engineers, I offer you an apology for Facebook. The desire you may have to claw out your own eyes or find the people who designed such a steaming wreck is merely an indication that you are still sane.
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[User Picture]From: mattcaron
2014-08-25 02:05 pm (UTC)
I bet it was product management. Basically, they figured that if people hooked up their new 16:9 and threw a 4:3 on it, and saw the vertical letterboxing, they'd get customer support calls and returns about the TV being broken. Engineers would look at this as an opportunity to have a dialog and educate the customer, but CS and PM would look at it as a cost to be mitigated.
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