Letterboxing is the process of adding black bars to the top and bottom of a movie or video after shrinking the whole image to fit a smaller screen, which otherwise could not accommodate the wide resolution of the film. This is done because most movies or films are shot in a widescreen format meant for the theaters, which is wider than the format...
This device hearkens back to the time of the Commodore and the Atari, when a machine's fundamental controls were not hidden by windows and other dressed-up interfaces.
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