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Checking the Safe Zone

So what's a safe zone, anyway? That's a term that video editors use when referring to the dimensions of your television screen. You may not know it, but the image designated by the signal that's beamed to your television is actually larger than the television screen; the additional area around the outside of the image that you can't see takes care of distortion (call it the “ragged edge” of the TV image).

When you're creating a MyDVD disc, the safe zone refers to that part of the video clip that will actually appear on screen, and it's important to verify that your movies are correctly displayed in the safe zone before you record them. MyDVD can display a rectangle that signifies the safe zone: To display it, click View and choose the Show TV Safe Zone menu item. Figure 6.17 illustrates the dashed line that appears to indicate the safe zone.


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