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Video safe zones

Video safe zones

On a computer monitor, you typically can see the entire image projected by your video card, with a black border around the outside. On a video monitor or television set, or through most film projection systems, however, you do not see the entire image. The outer edge is cropped, in a process akin to the printing practice of bleeding an image off the edge. This is called overscanning.

TVs and projection systems are often imperfect; you cannot guarantee that the image is centered and scaled properly. Due to the nature of these systems, the outer limits of the image area may also be blurry or distorted compared with the center of the screen. Therefore, these systems are built with overscan in mind so that the viewer is not distracted by borders or distortions around the edges.


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