The ability to record and play back video signals is crucial to nearly any video production. The majority of programming on network television is broadcast from a recording, and most of what isn’t relies at least in part on roll-ins, or recorded segments (see Chapter 12). Thus, we need ways of recording and playing back high-quality video signals (along with their associated audio signals). Additionally, an increasing amount of programming is now being viewed on desktop computers, smartphones, or tablet computers. Consequently, we need ways of recording, channeling, and playing back video signals that are compatible with these new modes of viewing.

As we know, since video exists increasingly in digital ...

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