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

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Audio/Video I/O Connections and Settings

You won't need to pay much attention to these: Default settings are usually best. But now and then you will need to know what your options are.

Audio Modes

As noted in Chapter 3, the DV recording standard offers four options for recording audio:

  • AES/EBU standard, stereo (highest quality)—two 16-bit channels (48 kHz)

  • CD quality stereo (medium quality)—two 16-bit channels (44.1 kHz)

  • Stereo (lower quality)—two 16-bit channels (32 kHz)

  • Four channel (lowest quality)—four 12-bit channels (32 kHz)

Most videographers keep the audio set on the highest-quality sampling, 48 kHz. The only reason to ever select four-channel mode is if you want to go back and record a separate voice-over narration on track 3 or 4. If you ...

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