Video Safe Areas

You have probably seen the white box on your camera’s viewfinder and wondered what it is there for. You may have even turned it off. This box is your safe area for television.

Back in the days of 4×3 tube televisions (which some of us still have!) the edges of what was recorded would be cut-off during playback. Newer flat panels, plasma, and LCD screens show much more of the entire picture but still have some cutoff.

The safe areas are a guide for videographers and editors to ensure that viewers would see the most important parts of the picture.

Many times in your viewfinder and editing screen you will encounter two white boxes that represent two different safe areas. The inside box is the title-safe area. Keeping titles and graphics inside of this area will ensure they display on the majority of television sets. On most television sets, viewers can see more action than titles. The outer box is called the action-safe area.

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