This page gives the syllabus of my 1-day course, Digital Video Technology. I presented this course in in London, England, on September 22, 1998, sponsored by BKSTS.Basic Principles
Gamma and Color
Gamma in physics. Gamma in film. Surround effect. Gamma in video, computer graphics, SGI, and Macintosh. CIE XYZ, xyY. Video R'G'B'. Color transforms. Rec. 709. Constant luminance principle. Video luma, Y'. Luma and color differences. Color difference coding. B'-Y', R'-Y', Y'PBPR, Y'CBCR, Y'UV, Y'IQ color difference components.
NTSC and PAL. Interlace. Field, frame, line, subcarrier, and sample rates. Subcarrier regeneration. Quadrature modulation. Decoder and monitor controls. Scanning and sync, genlock, sync distribution. Broadcast standards. Timecode. Analog videotape recording. VHS. Betacam, M-II.
Digital video interfaces. Rec. 601, 656, SMPTE RP 125, 4:2:2. SMPTE 170M, 4fSC. Parallel digital, serial digital. Test signals. Digital processing: mixing, matting, effects. Digital videotape recording, D-1, D-2, etc. Editing.
Introduction to MPEG Compression
Transform domain. Coefficient quantization. Huffman coding. JPEG. Motion JPEG; DVC, DVCPRO, DVcam. Motion estimation, motion interpolation. Preprocessing. MPEG1, MPEG2. Profiles and levels.
Introduction to HDTV
Viewing considerations. Studio standards. Advanced television (ATV). Transmission standards. Standards converters. Relation to cinema. Relation to computer industry.
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