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Basic TV Technology, Third Edition, teaches students and beginning professionals the technical fundamentals underlying all television and video systems, demonstrating how various pieces of equipment work, what their functions are, and how they are integrated to form a complex video system. New topics include the PAL system, nonlinear editing, open architecture vs. dedicated equipment, an update on HDTV, and the FCC's plans for its future.
This book features the accessible Media Manual format, which integrates abundant illustrations and lucid text. An essential resource for students and professionals of video media, readers will become proficient in the technical concepts of video and television.
Audience: Students and beginning professionals.
The atom and electricity; Basic circuits; Units of measurement; Abbreviations; Induction and noise; CRTs; Need for Interlace Scanning; Blanking; Waveform display; Charge-coupled devices; An introduction to digital; Analog and digital; Color system; How the eye sees light; Digital encoding ratios; Composite encoding; Color CRTs; Plasma display screens; Sync generators; Sync generator signals; Vectorscope; PAL; Sync flow diagrams; Camera flow diagrams; Combining sync and camera flow diagrams; Video switchers; Switcher applications; Production switcher flow diagram; Switcher transitions and special effects; Luminance and chroma keys; Composite versus component video; Digital special effects; Digital interpolation; Videotape recording technology; Video recording standards and formats; Time base error; External causes of time base error; Time base error correction; VTR lockup; Time base correctors; Larger sync problems and solutions; Other advantages of TBCs and frame synchronizers; Editing videotape; Editing process; Types of edits; Editing methods; SMPTE time code editing; Off-line and on-line editing; Video compression; Editing by computers; Problems of traditional editing; Nonlinear editing; Computer graphics for video; Character generators; Creating imagery & effects; Digital videotape recorders; Newer digital tape formats; Digital video servers; Digital studio; Open architecture equipment versus dedicated equipment; HDTV; SDTV; FCC's plan for digital TV in the future; High-quality film-to-video transfer; Patch panels; Patching rules & procedures; Explanation of a small patch panel; Simple patching exercises; Glossary