related to different optical imaging effects; refers to a method of intentionally distorting and creating a wide screen image with standard film, using a conversion process or a special lens on the camera and projector to produce different magnifications in the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the picture; an anamorphic image usually appears "squished" horizontally, while retaining its full vertical resolution; see also aspect ratio and the trade name CinemaScope. Many studios produced anamorphic lenses, using other trade names such as Panavision, Technovision, and Technirama. On the right are examples of anamorphic imaging effects from the film Blade (1998) (with an aspect ratio of 2:35.1).

Glossary of cinematic terms . 2015.

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  • anamorphic — [an΄ə môr′fik] adj. of or having to do with anamorphosis or anamorphism …   English World dictionary

  • Anamorphic — F/A/V An optical system having different magnifications in the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the image. VP A technique for capturing a 16:9 widescreen picture on standard 4:3 aspect ratio camera. Uses an eletronic process or a special… …   Audio and video glossary

  • anamorphic — adjective Etymology: New Latin anamorphosis distorted optical image Date: circa 1925 producing, relating to, or marked by intentional distortion (as by unequal magnification along perpendicular axes) of an image < an anamorphic lens > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anamorphic — an•a•mor•phic [[t]ˌæn əˈmɔr fɪk[/t]] adj. 1) opt having or producing unequal magnifications along two axes perpendicular to each other: an anamorphic lens[/ex] 2) gel of or pertaining to anamorphosis • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • anamorphic — adjective 1. pertaining to gradual evolution from one type of organism to another • Pertains to noun: ↑anamorphosis 2. pertaining to a kind of distorting optical system an anamorphic lense • Pertains to noun: ↑anamorphosis …   Useful english dictionary

  • anamorphic — /an euh mawr fik/, adj. 1. Optics. having or producing unequal magnifications along two axes perpendicular to each other. 2. of, pertaining to, or created by anamorphosis or anamorphism. [1900 05; ANAMORPH(ISM) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • anamorphic — adjective a) producing various optically distorted images b) of or relating to the gradual evolution of different types of organism See Also: anamorphism, anamorphosis …   Wiktionary

  • anamorphic — an·a·mor·phic …   English syllables

  • anamorphic —   a. (of optical device or image produced by it) magnifying or being magnified differently in two different directions; changing into a more complex form.    ♦ anamorphism, n. such geological change …   Dictionary of difficult words

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