Chapter 8The Digital Video System

When you pick up a camera—whether it is your smartphone or a sophisticated high-resolution video camera—you are in fact inserting yourself into a history that spans almost 150 years. Today’s cameras, even high-definition (HD) video cameras, rely on the same basic principles that drove the earliest motion picture systems. As a professional media maker who seeks to be in control of the aesthetic possibilities of the medium you are working in, you will need to understand a complex array of specifications: frame rates, aspect ratios, resolutions, sampling, and data rates. Each of these has much to do with technological innovations that occurred at various points in the history of the film, and then the video, moving ...

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