Basic TV Technology: Digital and Analog / Edition 3

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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.

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Teaches students and nontechnical professionals fundamentals underlying all television and video systems. Demonstrates how principal pieces of equipment work, their functions, and how they are integrated to form a complex video system. Includes many b&w diagrams and schematics. This edition includes new information on SDTV, HDTV, and the FCC's plans for its future. The author is broadcast program director at Cuesta Community College. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240804170
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Series: Media Manuals Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lee Hartwig was born and raised in a small northern California farming town. At the age of 13, his parents bought an 8mm movie camera. He spent the next couple of years fooling around with animation and teaching himself simple film editing. He spent his teenage summers on the family farm. He attended Chico State University where, quite by accident, he got involved in the college radio station. While involved in college radio, he served as Business Manager of the station and was appointed to be the student manager of the station. At the same time, the school was developing a Mass Communications Degree program, which he transferred to as soon as the program opened. While in school, he worked at both AM and FM radio stations as an on-air announcer. He still worked summers on the farm because the 80 - 100 hour weeks made a lot more money for him. He was a member of the first graduating class in Mass Communications from Chico State where the faculty awarded him the "Leadership Merit Award" upon graduation.

He went to San Diego State University for his Master's Degree in Radio and Television. Coming from a rural background, living in a city the size of San Diego drove him nuts. The culture shock was the greatest challenge to completing the MA. While working on the MA, he also worked for the San Diego Area Instructional Television Authority, was a Television Specialist for the Adult Division of the San Diego Community College District, worked as a photographer on a special project for the San Diego Community College Association, and taught a night class in TV Production for the Adult Division of the San Diego Community College District. This teaching experience gave him the teaching bug. He was granted his MA in December of 1973.

He moved back to northern California and got a part-time teaching job in the Mass Communications Department at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA. While at Butte he also produced and directed video programs for t

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Table of Contents

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

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