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The Filmmaker's Guide to Final Cut Pro Workflow by Dale Angell

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Appendix 1

Understanding the NTSC Video Format and Digital Video

Analog Video

Before current workflows can be understood, it is necessary to fully understand video systems and the time code formats used with video. There are several video systems being used in the world; many are in a state of change with new high-definition systems replacing the older formats. In most of the world, the PAL and SECAM formats are standard. In the United States and Japan, the NTSC format has been standard, but is being replaced by HD. Even though the NTSC format is archaic, the newest digital formats follow some NTSC standards. Although it is often said that video plays at 30 FPS, more often than not, this is a misnomer. The speed is being rounded off to keep the ...

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