Television is a medium of considerable immediacy, but it is steeped in technology that often shapes how the media is used.
HD broadcasts over DTV channels hold the promise of delivering vastly improved pictures and sound, along with data that can augment the linear video medium in an age of hypermedia.
This issue we complete a four-part series on station automation. We have looked at station automation, newsroom automation, data archive systems and, in this issue, media asset management systems.
The motivation to consider centralized operations is simple. Costs are rising, ad sales are slumping, and cash flow from operations is hurting.
When college students attend classes in broadcast journalism today they are pretty unlikely to be exposed to manual typewriters, paper roll teleprompters and news distributed on teletype machines.
In the second installment of four related to automation and asset management, this month we consider data archive systems.
For the next four months this column will focus on four interrelated and interdependent areas of television technology: automation software, data archive
I often have wondered what percentage of all editing done for television, broadcast and non-broadcast, is done for news purposes.
My fascination with science, and physics in particular, made playing with light even more interesting.
As the number of inputs and outputs grows the total count of crosspoints grows. Though complexity is high with virtual crosspoints, the relative cost
Always include extra inputs. Eventually new consoles will be old and dead inputs will happen. Just wait till the news anchor hears his own voice four
Videotape still stores the intellectual assets of several generations of television production. Commercial videotape recording began in the late 1950s.
The picture is not improved by upconverting a 525 signal to HDTV for DTV transmission. For many years consultants, equipment designers, production professionals
Controlling reality is always expensive, and creating illusions is sometimes nearly as expensive. Entire motion pictures are being created in computers,
With disk space as cheap as paperclips, load time is considerably less of an issue. It is clear that we have indeed come a long way from razor blades
It is clear from the compression ratios that must be achieved that every opportunity to make the job easier ought to be taken. In the early 1970s I remember
The conceptual design of video facilities has begun to move away from the paradigm that has sufficed for the analog facilities and the transitional "digital
Just when everything is going well in a production, the audio operator often becomes the center of unwanted attention. One moment the singer on stage
Television engineers tend to think of the world as entirely digital these days. CCDs for image acquisition (digital capture), digital video recorders,
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