Q In a previous issue, you were talking about color bars and laying them down on a master tape. I’ve been working at a place that has been getting a lot of different tapes in, and it seems like each one has a different flavor of bars and tone at the beginning of the tape. Aren’t color bars just for setting up machines? Why so many? Stephen... Read more
Captioning in high-def takes more planning than you think
By Michael Guncheon
A picture with another thousand words? The last Video Assist column was the first of a two-part answer where I addressed a question about captioning. I covered some of the issues related to captioning in standard definition because captions in high definition have their foundation rooted in standard definition.
Since standard-definition captioning... Read more
Q I’m planning on a high-definition production that I want to be able to market to as many outlets as possible. As I work through budgeting, I’m perplexed by the plethora of options as far as how I’m to deliver my program. While I’m getting a handle on tape formats and online needs, there’s one aspect that I really feel... Read more
In this two-part series, HDVP first takes a look at production audio
By Dan Brockett
The popularity of shooting with HD-capable D-SLR (digital single-lens-reflex) cameras has resulted in a whole new range of audio challenges. In a nutshell, the audio on the new D-SLRs leaves something to be desired. Those in search of killer sound to go with their amazing HD images acquired with these new cameras have some major challenges ahead.
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Should we keep our original signal intact or convert them, especially in regard to analog to digital
By C.R. Caillouet
Myth: It’s always better to keep signals in the original format rather than convert them.
In past columns, I’ve discussed image-format conversion, color-space conversion, video-compression conversion and analog-to-digital conversion. You might get the impression that I hate conversions and that all signals should be retained in the original... Read more