Chapter 4. Crash Course in Video Technology

The Technical Essentials of Video


If you hang around with video types, you’ll swear they just make up words and phrases—progressive scanning, interlaced scanning, 1080p, 720p—the list goes on and on. Understanding these technical terms is an important step for learning how video works.

Video is an incredibly expressive medium to create with, and it can be hard to learn. Many rules as well as limitations can impact your video project, so it’s important to know the technical terms of the underlying technology in video.

We often compare video to gravity. You don’t have to understand how it works, but you’re ...

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