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

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Appendix 3

Current Video Formats

VHS, U-Matic (3/4-inch), Betacam, and Beta SP

VHS, U-Matic (3/4-inch), Betacam, and Beta SP are all obsolete analog standard definition (SD) video formats. All are available in PAL and NTSC formats. Although these are obsolete formats, all are still widely used. VHS, while always a nonprofessional, low-quality format, nevertheless has been, and still is, widely used in professional production as a “screener” format. This is a way to distribute rough temporary versions of a project to people in the production loop or to distributors. Other common home video formats (i.e., S-VHS, High 8, and a few other obscure formats) have never been widely used in professional production with the exception of S-VHS, which went ...

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