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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Camcorder Resolution and Picture Quality

Let's take a closer look at the internal workings—and image-capture capabilities—of DV camcorders, as they pertain to resolution. (In conventional filmmaking, this would be equivalent to a discussion of camera capabilities and film stocks.) This technical information will be crucial for choosing and deploying the right tools for shooting, data transfer, editing, and distribution.

Digital camcorders are often rated in terms of resolution, and you will eventually need to make a decision about what kind of resolution you require from your camcorder. However, resolution is a complex subject. Even defining it can be tricky.

Spatial resolution generally refers to the number of individual dots, or pixels (short ...

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