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A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 3rd Edition by Graham A. Jones

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CHAPTER 5

Analog Color Television

NTSC

NTSC refers to the National Television System Committee—the committee that designed the standard for today’s analog television system, originally adopted in 1941 (monochrome) and 1953 (color). This section explains the principles of television analog video (picture) signals at baseband (not modulated onto a carrier). The system for transmitting the signals is explained in Chapter 14.

Frames

NTSC video signals produce a rapid-fire series of still pictures that are shown on a television receiver or monitor. Each of these pictures is called a frame. Because of the phenomenon known as persistence of vision, the eye does not see a series of still pictures, but rather an illusion that the picture on the TV is ...

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