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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Perceived image quality of 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio video displays
Author(s): Brant D. Nystrom; Mark D. Fairchild
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Paper Abstract

With the development of high-definition television (HDTV) systems came the 16:9 (width to height) viewing image aspect ratio. This is compared to the National Television System Committee (NTSC) standard ratio of 4:3 (width to height). This variation in width-to-height aspect ratio has led to the question of which ratio is preferred by the viewing public. The use of a paired-comparison preference-judgment experiment is described that was designed to determine whether or not significant differences exist in image preference between the two aspect ratios. Observers were asked to choose a preferred image from a set of two (NTSC versus HDTV) of various image sizes over 84 separate trials. Three separate image types were used in the study: a portrait, a landscape, and a still life. The results indicate that image quality perception is a function of image aspect ratio. The HDTV image was preferred for all three image types.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1992
PDF: 5 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 1(1) doi: 10.1117/12.55178
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 1, Issue 1
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Brant D. Nystrom, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark D. Fairchild, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)

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