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Digital Video Fundamentals - Color Formats


Color seems like a fairly straight forward concept. You probably started learning about color as a child, and may even have some understanding of different video connections like Composite, S-Video, Component cables. When you're working with digital video there are a lot more options available. Understanding those options and what they're used for may help you find your way through the maze of standards and formats.

The Digital Video Fundamentals Series is designed to give an overview of various video topics. This guide will cover the basics of what color is, how the human eye perceives it, and how it's represented in video; especially digital video. Along with the other guides in the series, it should help prepare you to work with the digital video format of your choice. Once you understand the basic concepts involved, you can start making sense of whatever reference sources or guides you find, as well as hopefully learning to sort out the maze of misleading or flat out factually incorrect sources that are especially easy to find on the internet.

Digital Video Fundamentals guides

table of contents

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Basic Facts
  3. 3. Color Encoding
  4. 4. Color Compression
  5. 5. Common Color Spaces
Written by: Rich "vurbal" Fiscus
Last updated: 4 July 2013