Monday, December 05, 2011
Washington Post story:
That link is to a spam-like FoxNews site, not to a Warshington Post story....
On a scale of 1 - 300, ....
The picture looked like a television grab, so I checked the proportions. If you crop the image to just the picture of Christie, you get an image that is 476 x 269 pixels, which is a 1.77 aspect ratio, or 16:9, which is the HDTV aspect ratio.
But obviously Christie isn't THAT fat. The video source for this screen capture was clearly a regular standard broadcast with a 1.33 (4:3) aspect ratio.
But HD television have an option of expanding a regular 4:3 TV signal to fill the screen. It's used in sports bars sometimes to fill the screen, and all the players look super-fat.
If you take the image and resize it, reducing the width from 476 to 357 pixels, you get the "real" image of Christie. He's plump, to be sure, but not the size of a refrigerator.
Either Fox did it on purpose, or they don't know how to operate their own television equipment. Lame either way.