Just Checking?

Many standards to choose from

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

Closed Captioning, Part II

Captioning in high-def takes more planning than you think

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

Captions, Part 1

A picture with a thousand words?

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

Sound And The Video D-SLR, Part 1

In this two-part series, HDVP first takes a look at production audio

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. PRO-Quality... Read more

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Should we keep our original signal intact or convert them, especially in regard to analog to digital

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
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