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Digital Video Editing with Final Cut Express by Charles Roberts

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Appendix AWhat Is Digital Video,Anyway?

How Video Works

To understand digital video, we have to know how digital video differs from analog video. Analog video is still the most common format used in television and consumer videotape recorders. Like film, video works by the rapid display of many still images, one after the other. This creates the illusion of real motion because the still images replace each other on the screen more quickly than your eye can register. In film, the rate of these images is 24 frames, or individual images, per second. NTSC (National Television Standards Commission) video, has a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second and is used in the United States, much of South America, and Japan. PAL (phase alternating line) video, ...

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