Basic Digital Video Aspects In Youth Sports Photography

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In the 1990s, additional digital formats came onto the editing scene. D3, a Panasonic® youth sports photography product, is a digital video format on a half-inch-wide tape, designed to compete in the digital domain as an economically feasible alternative to D1 or D2, which can be very useful in youth sports photography. The Ampex DCT® also gained a foothold in the postproduction environ¬ment. DCT is a component system with the advantages of being cheaper than Dl but more expensive and higher quality than D2. It has an incredibly quick lock-up time and excellent picture quality.

At the same time that digital video was changing video postproduction, a further fragmentation of formats was created by component-versus-composite recording techniques.

A very useful feature in youth sports photography is that composite video combines the luminance (black and white) and chrominance (color) portions of the video signal. Component video separates the luminance and chrominance portions of the signal, which results in superior youth sports photo quality.


Composite recording and editing had been the standard method of video production. However, the introduction of the component formats Dl, DCT, and Betacam SP made component recording and editing viable. The disadvantage of component recording in youth sports photography is that it needs an entire system designed around the component signal to take advantage of the signal's strengths. In the late 1980s and early 1990s many component editing bays found uses ranging from graphics to feature film effects to show postproduction mostly used in youth baseball photography, often combining digital and analog signals in a component environment.

Both manufacturers and editing companies made a concerted effort to entice producers to explore and use these new formats. With no clear winner in the format wars, no one tape or recording format dominated. With High Defi¬nition Television (HDTV) and random-access on-line on the horizon, either of which could change or eliminate the new and old tape formats, there was no obvious choice as there had been with one-inch tape.


From a few farsighted people at Ampex, to computerized editing pioneered by CMX, to the smaller formats of one-inch, three-quarter-inch, and now digital videotape, video has come a long way in only three decades, very useful in youth action sports photography. And since video¬tape is an electronic medium in youth sports photography, even more exciting developments are on tap as progress in electronic and computer technologies continues unabated.

Willis J. Watson is a freelance writer since 2006, living in United States and he writes about his great passion...digital photography for about 4 years. If you want to read more informations about Digital Photography Classes and also read more reviews about Youth Sports Photography, you can check out his websites.


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