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Introduction to HDV (High Definition Video)

  • Brief technical explanation of HDV (High Definition Video) covering issues of resolution, aspect ratio, interlaced and progressive scans and MPEG2 compression
  • HDV compared with SD (Standard Definition Video) – pros and cons and technical differences
  • Overview of available HDV camcorders
  • Filming techniques specific to HDV
  • Outputting SD from an HDV camcorder – why and how
  • Editing HDV as SD
  • Concept of ‘native’ HDV editing
  • Concept of format conversion for HDV editing using HD codecs
  • Overview of editing software with HDV capabilities
  • Mixing HDV and SD footage
  • Understanding data streams and cables – the HDMI standard
  • Implications of HDV for graphics production
  • Availability of HD monitors and TV sets – what to look for
  • HD players/recorders/display units – methods of connection
  • Understanding what ‘HD Ready’ really means – Buyer Beware!
  • Display options
  • Storage considerations
  • High Definition DVD – the current situation
  • Suggestions for suppliers of camcorders, editing systems and TV/monitors


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