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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 4th Edition by Videomaker

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16Resolution Lines

 

Bill Rood

 

 

 

 

With video equipment manufacturers increasingly engaged in spec wars over lines of resolution it seems appropriate to investigate those figures, what they mean and why they’re so often misleading. Knowing how to measure resolution will help you make a smart purchase the next time you look for a camcorder, VCR or monitor.

Much of the confusion centers around the use of the term “lines.” Lines of horizontal resolution should not be confused with scan lines. In America, the National Television Standards Committee (or NTSC) television system mandates that the television picture will consist of 525 vertical scan lines, each scanning from left to right on the screen. This fact does not change, no matter how ...

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