CCIR 601 Standard
16th CCIR, 1986
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Describes a digital component video standard that encompasses both 525
and 625 line analog systems by varying the number of bytes per line, to
fit either format into a uniform length stream, with a goal of worldwide
The coding parameters are flexible enough to accommodate all the major
existing analog systems and several color sampling rates, and much of
the document reads like a "cookbook" for mapping the characteristics of
analog video (e.g. blanking interval) onto 601-style digital video
(e.g. inactive period in digital stream). Also some discussion of
filtering characteristics for luminance and color-difference filters,
which I mostly skipped since I've forgotten
how to interpret that stuff.
Relevance to Multimedia
The One True Standard for digital video, that will subsume the differing
international analog standards: "SECAM is irrelevant. NTSC is
irrelevant. You will be assimilated."
3 out of 5: actually not that painful as standards documents go.
Armando Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org)