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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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1.8Bits and Bytes: The Bottleneck of Data Rates

In spite of the fact that we’re more than a decade into the digital revolution of high-definition (and beyond) moving images, there is still a very narrow bottleneck that keeps digital shooters from getting everything they want: data. The sheer amount of information that needs to be recorded from today’s high-definition and cinema-definition cameras is staggering, and we—as of yet— don’t have the technology to do so.

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In order to understand how data flows and the problems it creates, we need to understand the basics of digital information—so we’ll start with the very building blocks.

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