Technology / Television (TV) / Pan And Scan: A method used to crop the picture frame of the original source material produced in a 'wide-screen' format, (any format wider than NTSC-analog's 4:3 aspect ratio) so it will fit a conventional (4:3) TV set. By 'panning' the focus is kept 'centered' on the original image, in such a way as to follow the on-screen action. This can mean loss of critical detail, resulting in the scene being viewed entirely different from what the director intended.
Pan Noun Synonyms: face, visage, mien, facade, kisser, mug, puss
Pan Verb Synonyms: saucepan, frying-pan, skillet, pot, casserole, spider
Scan Verb Synonyms: glance at or through, look over, skim, read over, flip or thumb or leaf through
Scan Adjective Synonyms: study, pore over, examine, investigate, scrutinize, inspect, delve into, research, explore (in depth), sweep, con
Technology / Computers / Plug and Play (PnP): A technology developed by Microsoft and Intel that supports plug-and-play installation. PnP is built into the Windows 95 operating system, but to use it, the computer's BIOS and expansion boards must MORE
Technology / Television (TV) / Plug And Play: A security card or cable card you get from a cable operator that decrypts scrambled cable signals on the sets. It replaced set-top boxes, and is an aspect of digital television. MORE