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1st Edition

Sound Person's Guide to Video

ISBN 9780240515953
Published June 5, 2000 by Routledge
298 Pages

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Book Description

An essential guide to all aspects of video technology for sound technicians wishing to broaden their knowledge. It explains in a highly readable and engaging way, the key technologies and issues, as well as the terms, acronyms and definitions. Although intended for the sound professional, this book will also appeal to anyone involved in working with video.

Everything is covered: from how television and video cameras work to digital video recording, electronic news gathering, nonlinear editing, video effects as well as telecine, widescreen technology and the home cinema. The book also takes a look at the impact of digital technology on production methods and examines the technology and rationale behind digital television, High Definition Television, and DVD. It concludes with the use of video in multimedia and the internet.

Based on a series of popular articles in Audio Media magazine, this a vital introductory work for students and professionals wishing to broaden their knowledge of video.

Table of Contents

The origins of television and video; The magic of television; Video recording - the impossible dream; The electronic eye; ENG and Betacam SP; Digital Video; Standards conversion; The video monitor; Home cinema; Non-linear editing; JPEG and MPEG2 image compression; Digital television; Film; Film stock, film laboratories; Cinema technology; IMAX; Telecine; Pulldown; Lighting technology; The art of bluescreen; Appendix 1 - the science of colour; Appendix 2 - timecode: the link between sight and sound; Appendix 3 - audio in video editing

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David Mellor


"It's an interesting and informative book, covering everything from cameras to cinema projection, plus the principles behind such equipment." - Lighting and Sound International