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Chapter 18. Video and Audio Settings > Overscan and Safe Zones

Overscan and Safe Zones

The methods used to scan the image onto the screen—progressive and interlaced— are just one important difference between computer and television monitors. Whereas computer monitors display the entire video image, televisions overscan the video image, cropping off the outer edges of the screen. To make matters worse, the amount of overscan differs slightly from television to television.

To ensure that important elements (such as titles) remain visible when displayed on a television screen, make sure that you keep these elements within television's so-called safe zones. You can view safe-zone guides in the source and program views of the Monitor window (see Chapter 4) and in the title window (see Chapter 12).


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