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High Definition was the future. Suddenly, it has become the present. With a growing demand for high definition programming in broadcast, cable, and satellite, companies are scrambling to take advantage of the new dynamics in digital content creation and produce programming in HD. They are finding that the picture clarity, the wider screen, and high quality surround sound add a new dimension to their programs, and viewers everywhere are becoming acutely aware of this dramatic new home-viewing experience. Know more about HighDef . . .

First of all, what is the standard for High Definition? Simply put, there isn't one – there are many. Here’s why - the FCC has mandated a transition to digital television (DTV) for broadcasters. This move requires either standard definition (SDTV) or high definition (HDTV) broadcasting. Standard definition is essentially a redefining of current television standards, but broadcast in a completely digital form. Know more in High Definition Defined . . .

If I could travel through time, I would love to be able to record color television pictures before color TV was widely available. Knowing that there will be a great demand for color material once color TV is available, one could really corner the market by having pre-produced programs ready to roll. Know more in the What, When, Why, and How of HDTV . . .

HDV is a new recording format that allows for High Definition (HD) footage to be recorded onto standard MiniDV cassettes. Instead of using DV compression, it uses “Long GOP MPEG2” which allows for the higher data compression that is needed to fit HDTV footage onto the same tape at the same data rates. Know more about HDV . . .

When any new technology is introduced, a new way of thinking is often necessary to make it work properly. This has proven to be true with Highdef production. What this ultimately means is that preparation is critical to guarantee success. And with preparation comes the need of knowledge, a clear understanding of the technology from acquisition through post and distribution. Equally important is the attitude of an open mind, not assuming anything from past experiences in other formats. Know more about Highdef Pre and Post Production . . .

High definition programming is visually striking, but a good audio track will make it unforgettable. Digital High Definition Television (HDTV) broadcasting includes the capability for digital 5.1 surround like DVD's but with the added benefit of HD resolution for picture. Know more about Highdef Audio . . .

In an effort to aid Production companies in making wise educated decisions I have compiled a fact sheet to share the truth and dispel some myths related to shooting High Definition 24P for Features and Television shows. More in High Definition Fact Sheet . . .

Having a cut version of the audio from the HD Online session is the fastest way to get started, but offers less flexiblity on edits and number of tracks. What's the best way to go? Find at sweetening audio for HDTV . . .