In past education in film making, I was always told that in order to view the footage as it most accurately would appear on TV, I should always hook up my computer to a television.
The content is HD.
So, I experimented with this by connecting my HD television to my computer (Windows 7 64-bit) simply using an HDMI cable - my computer has an HDMI cable slot.
I wanted to ask if this would actually produce the effect I desire, which is to "mimic" the way the footage would look when viewed on a TV.
I have it set so that whenever the editing program plays footage, it plays on my HD television. I do notice there are little black bars at the edges of the television. But the video is in the correct proportion and the black bars are not large at all.
In the past, I suppose it was less confusing with non-HD footage and non-HD monitors.
Nowadays, HD televisions have every sort of port imaginable, but I'm not convinced that the setup I described above is the way to get the result I am seeking.
I'm guessing that HD televisions these days offer SO MUCH quality that the picture wouldn't be an accurate representation of the footage.