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Multimedia: Sound recording and video capture. SOUND CAPTURE. Recording. Microphone Sound Card Software. VIDEO CAPTURE. Television Standards. B&W TV EIA - (Electronic Industry Association) originally defined the 525 line 30 frame per second, 1:2 interlace, two fields per video frame

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Multimedia: Sound recording and video capture



  • Microphone

  • Sound Card

  • Software


Television Standards

  • B&W TV

    • EIA - (Electronic Industry Association) originally defined the 525 line 30 frame per second, 1:2 interlace, two fields per video frame

    • CCIR standards body that originally defined the 625 line 25 frames per second

  • Color TV

    • NTSC - National Television Standards Committee

    • PAL - Phase Alternating Line

    • SECAM - Système Électronique pour Couleur avec Mémoire

Television Standards

Pal/Secam – Better colors/Better picture/More Flicker


  • Brain

    • If you divide a still image into a collection of small colored dots, your brain will reassemble the dots into a meaningful image,

    • If you divide a moving scene into a sequence of still pictures and show the still images in rapid succession, the brain will reassemble the still images into a single moving scene.


  • The Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)

    • the "cathode" is a heated filament

    • The heated filament is in a vacuum created inside a glass "tube."

    • The "ray" is a stream of electrons that naturally pour off a heated cathode into the vacuum.

    • the stream of electrons is focused by a focusing anode into a tight beam and then accelerated by an accelerating anode.

    • hits the flat screen at the other end of the tube which is coated with phosphor, which glows when struck by the beam.


480 Lines visible

525 lines transmitted

Television (B&W)

  • In a black-and-white TV, the screen is coated with white phosphor and the electron beam "paints" an image onto the screen by moving the electron beam across the phosphor a line at a time.

  • "raster scan" pattern

  • 480 lines visible from top to bottom

  • Aspect ratio: 4:3 equivalent to 640 x 480 (VGA) interlaced, 320x240 non-interlaced.


  • interlacing technique:

    • the screen is painted 60 times per second but only half of the lines are painted per frame. The beam paints every other line as it moves down the screen -- for example, every odd-numbered line. Then, the next time it moves down the screen it paints the even-numbered lines, alternating back and forth between even-numbered and odd-numbered lines on each pass. The entire screen, in two passes, is painted 30 times every second.

  • progressive scanning (digital video cameras):

    • paints every line on the screen 60 times per second.

Television (Color)

  • A color TV screen differs from a B&W screen in three ways:

    • There are three electron beams that move simultaneously across the screen. They are named the red, green and blue beams.

    • the screen is coated with red, green and blue phosphors arranged in dots or stripes.

    • very close to the phosphor coating, there is a thin metal screen called a shadow mask. This mask is perforated with very small holes that are aligned with the phosphor dots (or stripes) on the screen.

Television (HDTV, DTV)

  • Supports:

    • 480p - 640x480 pixels progressive

    • 720p - 1280x720 pixels progressive

    • 1080i - 1920x1080 pixels interlaced

    • 1080p - 1920x1080 pixels progressive

  • uses MPEG-2 encoding

Television (HDTV)

  • 210,000 pixels vs. 2 million pixels

  • 10 x more picture detail

  • Better Sound (AC-3, Dolby Digital)


  • The CRT and electronics in a monitor are much more precise than is required in a TV

  • a lot more pixels and has a much crisper display


Coaxial cable

  • Coaxial cabling is the primary type of cabling used by the cable television industry,

  • can carry information for a great distance,

  • multiple signals,

  • includes one physical channel - supplies both video and monaural audio signals on the same line,

  • altered by modulation to higher frequency.

Audio/Video Cables (Composite)

  • Provide better video picture quality and add stereo sound compatibility,

  • combines the three basic elements of a video picture (color, brightness, and synchronization data) into a single combined ("composite") signal.

  • video signal has not yet been altered by modulation

  • Commonly used.

S-Video Cable

  • Allows portions of the video signal to be processed separately, resulting in sharper images with finer detail,

  • splits the video signal to two parts (luminance and color),

  • need to connect an audio cable.

Component video Cable

  • High-end DVD players, satellite receivers and HDTV’s utilize Component Video,

  • need to connect an audio cable,

  • splits the video signal up into three separate components (Y/Pb/Pr) for preserving high resolution and accurate color rendition.

  • can provide the highest quality pictures available today, with bright crisp colors and excellent fine picture detail.


  • RGBHV (15 pin High Density D-Type connector ) (VGA)


  • IEEE 1394, i.Link, Lynx

  • fast external bus standard,

  • data transfer rates of up to 400Mbps (in 1394a) and 800Mbps (in 1394b),

  • can be used to connect up 63 external devices,

  • supports both Plug-and-Play and hot plugging,

  • provides power to peripheral devices,

  • FireWire cables can run as long as 4.5 meters,

  • ideal for devices that need to transfer high levels of data in real-time, such as video devices.

USB (Universal Serial Bus )

  • External bus standard,

  • maximum data rate of 12 Mbps,

  • connect up to 127 devices,

  • supports both Plug-and-Play and hot plugging,

  • provides power to peripheral devices

  • cables can run as long as 5 meters; with hubs, devices can be up to 30 meters (six cables' worth),

  • the USB 2.0 20x faster than USB 1.1

FireWire vs. USB


  • VHS

    • resolution of about 230 to 250 horizontal lines

  • SVHS

    • resolution of about 380 to 400 horizontal lines

  • 8mm

    • Compact

    • Resolution is about the same size as VHS

  • Hi-8

    • Resolution is about 400 horizontal lines

Camcorders (Digital)

  • MiniDV

    • resolution of 500 horizontal lines

    • lightweight and compact

  • Digital 8

    • Similar to regular DV camcorders, but they use standard Hi-8-mm tapes

Digital Video Formats

DVD Production






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