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Audio Post Production for Television and Film, 3rd Edition by Tim Amyes, Hilary Wyatt

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Digital Recording and Processing

Tim Amyes

The digitizing and recording of sound and video is a sophisticated and powerful modern technology, but its origins go back to mechanical calculating machines. These work on the simple principle that any calculation is possible using just two digits, ‘zero’ and ‘one’. This technology has enabled the transformation of cumbersome mechanical calculators into lightning-fast electronic calculators and computers, all driven by ‘chips’.

The power and speed of the electronic silicon chip has grown exponentially since the 1970s, but it is only comparatively recently that it has developed enough storage capacity to successfully serve the video and audio post production industries.

The whole digital revolution ...

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