4    Video Standards and Formats

We tend to like to draw postproduction workflows as flowcharts, boxes, and arrows to represent stages and resources and tasks. We imagine our project flowing through these paths and processes, but what exactly is this stuff? For that matter, what do the lines and arrows and boxes really represent in terms of real-world equipment? While we are at it, what about all those acronyms and numbers: DV-25, XLR, BNC, 720p?

Let's put it this way—video technology and the associated terminology are complex.

Unless you like to read manuals as bedtime reading or can quote format bandwidth down to the megabit, you're probably confused about a lot of things. This chapter is by no means the end-all of technical literature. ...

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