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==Aspect Ratios==
 
==Aspect Ratios==
The VHS releases were in a 4:3 (fullscreen) aspect ratio. DVD releases were in 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio.
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The VHS releases were in a 4:3 (fullscreen) aspect ratio. DVD releases were in 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio.
   
The DVD releases were created by combining higher quality widescreen shots taken from original film elements (for purely live action material), with matted versions of the original broadcast and VHS release footage for any shot involving a digital effect (including fully CGI sequences, crossfades between scenes, and combinations of effects and live action material). For the latter, a 16:9 frame was achieved by cropping the top and bottom of the original 4:3 video frame and zooming the remaining imagery. Cropping and zooming these shots led to a noticeable drop in image quality in relation to purely live action material. This is evident in certain key scenes/shots:
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The DVD releases were matted versions of the original broadcast and VHS release footage. The 16:9 frame was achieved by "chopping off" a portion of the top and bottom of the video frame. This is evident in certain key scenes/shots:
* In the opening monologues to [[In the Beginning]], there is a candle on [[G'Kar]]'s desk. This candle is visible throughout G'Kar's speech in the broadcast and VHS version. In the DVD version, the candle has been matted out of the frame.
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* In the opening monologues to [[In the Beginning]], there is a candle on [[G'Kar]]'s desk. This candle is visible throughout G'Kar's speech in the broadcast and VHS version. In the DVD version, the candle has been matted out of the frame.
* In [[A Distant Star]], a [[Starfury]] is shown flying beneath the [[Explorer class ship]] to give a sense of scale. The Starfury is matted out of the frame in the DVD release.
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* In [[A Distant Star]], a [[Starfury]] is shown flying beneath the [[Explorer class ship]] to give a sense of scale. The Starfury is matted out of the frame in the DVD release.
* Throughout the series, in the DVD release, characters are sometimes missing their chins or the tops of their heads while on screen during shots involving any digital effect.
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* Throughout the series, in the DVD release, characters are often missing their chins or the tops of their heads while on screen.
* Some scenes alternate more frequently between the original film elements and shots involving digital effects, causing a more obvious observable shift in image quality.
 
   
[[Crusade]] and [[The Gathering]] were released to DVD in their proper 4:3 aspect ratio and do not experience these issues.
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[[Crusade]] and [[The Gathering]] were released to DVD in their proper 4:3 aspect ratio.
   
[[The Legend of the Rangers]] and [[Babylon 5: The Lost Tales]] were originally shot and released in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
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[[The Legend of the Rangers]] and [[Babylon 5: The Lost Tales]] were originally released in a 16:9 aspect ratio.
   
 
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