Basic TV Technology: Digital and Analog

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Performing Arts - 192 pages
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Basic TV Technology is the essential basic guide to the fundamentals underlying all television and video systems, written for students and nontechnical professionals. You don't need to have a math or science background in order to understand this explanation of how the principal pieces of equipment work, what their functions are, and how they are integrated to form a complex video system. An understanding of this material will be necessary for you to succeed in the real world, where one person often has to perform many different roles and functions within a production. Armed with some basic technical background information, you'll be more effective at figuring out new applications and at problem-solving.

The fourth edition of Basic TV Technology has been updated to reflect the industry shift to digital video and includes new information on compression, television standards, LCD displays, HD, and equipment.

This book features the accessible Media Manual format, in which every topic is covered in two pages: one of explanatory text and one of figures.

*Gentle introduction to video technology
*No science or math background necessary
*Includes abundant illustrations
 

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Contents

The Atom and Electricity
2
Basic Circuits
4
Units of Measurement 1
6
Units of Measurement 2
8
Fields Induction and Noise
10
Abbreviations
12
Cathode Ray Tubes CRTs
14
Need for Interlace Scanning
16
Time Base Error
92
External Causes of Time Base Error
94
Time Base Error Correction
96
Time Base Correctors 1
98
Time Base Correctors 2
100
Larger Analog Sync Problems and Solutions
102
Other Advantages of TBCs and Frame Synchronizers
104
Digital Videotape Recorders
106

Blanking
18
Waveform Display
20
ChargeCoupled Devices
22
An Introduction to Digital 1
24
An Introduction to Digital 2
26
Analog and Digital
28
Color Systems
30
How the Eye Sees Light 1
32
How the Eye Sees Light 2
34
Digital Encoding Ratios
36
CODECs
38
Composite Encoding
40
Color CRTs
42
Plasma Display Screen
44
LCD Screens
46
Analog Sync Generators
48
Analog Sync Generator Signals 1
50
Analog Sync Generator Signals 2
52
Vectorscopes
54
PAL
56
Analog Sync Flow Diagrams
58
Camera Flow Diagrams
60
Combining Sync and Camera Flow Diagrams
62
Video Switchers
64
Switcher Applications
66
Production Switcher Flow Diagram
68
Switcher Transitions and Special Effects
70
Special Effects Keys Luminance Keys
72
Special Effects Keys Chroma Keys
74
Composite versus Component Video
76
Color Difference Component Video
78
Digital Special Effects
80
Digital Interpolation
82
Analog Videotape Recording Technology
84
Analog Video Recording Standards and Formats
86
Other Tracks and Lockup 1
88
Other Tracks and Lockup 2
90
Digital Video Servers
108
DiscBased Recorders
110
Editing Analog Videotape
112
The Editing Process 1
114
The Editing Process 2
116
Types of Edits
118
Editing Methods Manual
120
Editing Methods Control Track Counters
122
SMPTE Time Code Editing
124
OffLine and OnLine Editing
126
Editing by Computer
128
Problems of Traditional Editing
130
Nonlinear Editing
132
Video Compression
134
Spatial Compression
136
Temporal Compression
138
MPEG Compression Standard
140
Computer Graphics for Video
142
Character Generators
144
Creating Imagery and Effects
146
The Digital Studio
148
Open Architecture Equipment versus Dedicated Equipment
150
Drawbacks of Open Architecture Equipment
152
HighDefinition TV
154
ATSC HighDefinition Broadcast Standard
156
Standard Definition Digital Television SDTV
158
Audio for Video
160
Surround Sound
162
Professional and Consumer Audio
164
Combining Audio Components
166
Microphones Mixers and Loudspeakers
168
Digital Audio Workstations DAW
170
Digital Audio Workstations DAW
172
Further Reading
175
Glossary
177
Index
187
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About the author (2005)

Robert Lee Hartwig was born and raised in a small northern California farming town. At the age of 13, his parents bought an 8mm movie camera. He spent the next couple of years fooling around with animation and teaching himself simple film editing. He spent his teenage summers on the family farm. He attended Chico State University where, quite by accident, he got involved in the college radio station. While involved in college radio, he served as Business Manager of the station and was appointed to be the student manager of the station. At the same time, the school was developing a Mass Communications Degree program, which he transferred to as soon as the program opened. While in school, he worked at both AM and FM radio stations as an on-air announcer. He still worked summers on the farm because the 80 - 100 hour weeks made a lot more money for him. He was a member of the first graduating class in Mass Communications from Chico State where the faculty awarded him the "Leadership Merit Award" upon graduation. He went to San Diego State University for his Master's Degree in Radio and Television. Coming from a rural background, living in a city the size of San Diego drove him nuts. The culture shock was the greatest challenge to completing the MA. While working on the MA, he also worked for the San Diego Area Instructional Television Authority, was a Television Specialist for the Adult Division of the San Diego Community College District, worked as a photographer on a special project for the San Diego Community College Association, and taught a night class in TV Production for the Adult Division of the San Diego Community College District. This teaching experience gave him the teaching bug. He was granted his MA in December of 1973. He moved back to northern California and got a part-time teaching job in the Mass Communications Department at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA. While at Butte he also produced and directed video programs for t