Chapter 14

Video Basics

We have discussed two forms of electronic communication: voice and data. There is a third type of communication that we will discuss in this chapter: video communication. Pictures, moving or still, are powerful forms of information and, as the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Video can be powerful, but it is also very complex to create and to transmit. This chapter looks at the basics of video and how images are created and transmitted.

The Business and Human Factors

The ability to capture and transmit video images has led to the birth of multibillion dollar industries, such as television, that allow viewers to fantasize and “be there” without leaving the comfort of their own home.

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