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Introduction to Video Production, 2nd Edition by Jaime S. Gomez, Ronald J. Compesi

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5Audio and Sound Control

In television and video, sound is as important as the picture. Even though the word video is derived from the Latin videre, which means “to see,” television is an audiovisual medium in which both picture and sound are important.

Despite this, until relatively recently, there has been a tendency to pay far more attention to the picture than to the sound. For the first 40 years or so of television broadcasting, the sound portion of the program was monaural (single channel), and the quality of the speakers on most television receivers was poor. Television sound began to improve significantly with the introduction of new audio technologies and production techniques, starting with stereophonic sound in the 1980s and followed ...

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