Audio and Video

Wellcome to N-format war

The end of physical formats for movie and TV shows could be called digital convergence, a happy, wonderfully singular, unified digital world. Content moves seamlessly from your multifunction portable device to your TV, between your computers, and to every monitor and audio system and random networked appliance in between. This would be theoretically and technically

Microphone powering ideas

New Line Techtalk Phantom Supply web page shows how to build a very simple design for a phantom supply. Now since the question was for a simple phantom supply, fed by batteries, the choice was made to use two 9V batteries (since a lot of microphones can be run from phantom voltages as low as

3D Vision Problems

See ‘Avatar,’ Diagnose Your Vision Problems web article says that 56 percent of people aged 18 to 38 have vision problems that could make it difficult to view 3-D properly. Not everyone’s eyes can perceive perceive the stereo images correctly, and then their brain can’t merge them into one image in 3-D. This can cause

3D TV is hot now

3D TVs promise to add an extra visual dimension to the video content. TV makers have made a big bet on 3D. According to Reurters television manufacturers are banking on 3D TVs for their next sales boost. The manufacturers heavily in 3D game include Sony, Panasonic, LG and Samsung. All of them will feature 3D

The anatomy of a modern audio-video amplifier

A modern Audio-Video amplifier/receiver (AVR) is an exceedingly complex piece of consumer electronics, requiring expertise in many aspects of analogue and digital audio and high definition video, plus considerable software skills. ‘The anatomy of a modern audio-video amplifier’ lecture by John Dawson from Arcam for Audio Engineering Society UK is an interesting talk on engineering

Blu-ray 3D specification

The Blu-ray Disc Association has completed its specification for 3D video. The specification was completed just few days before Christmas. It standardises the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D content on Blue-ray Disk. According to BDA the 3D video system doesn’t depend on any specific 3D technology – active-shutter or polarised lens – or display type. The

How an expensive Blue-Ray player is made

AV Science Forum has an interesting posting on Ayre DX-5 blueray player. The article claims that Ayre DX-5 bluray player is a modified Oppo BDP-83 blueray player and even describes the modifications made to the device. Interesting article indeed to read, although I am a pretty skeptic would those modifications be worth of all of

Ground loop common-mode compensation

Ground loops affect video signals. Understand them, then deal with them. When designing or installing the cables for a video transmission system, one assumption that engineers commonly make is that the local earth grounds of both ends of the cable are the same. When circumstances don’t support this assumption, the video performance can exhibit gross

Making of Space Chair Ad

John Huntington’s Entertainment Technology Blog has an interesting posting Toshiba’s Very Cool “Space Chair”Ad. It consists mainly of two videos. The first video shows the cool Toshiba TV ad. The second video is the “Making of” video. It tells how the ad was made using several high definition cameras rigged to a big weather balloon