Tag Archives: TV

21st Century Communications/Video Accessibility Act

H.R. 3101, the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 is proceeding through the channels of government. See its progress here.

For an insight on what the Bill is and isn’t, here is the first paragraphs of a recent article by Suzanne Robitaille of www.abledbodied.com. For those who say this is just more government intrusion, let us remember that the internet, the airwaves, and so much more, is owned by several tens of millions of hearing and visual impaired citizens, so when we give companies the rights to use our common assets, they should utilize them for the benefit of us all. A Cautious Hooray for Captions:

Amid all the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary celebrations last week, it’s worth noting that the U.S. House passed a bill that’s crucial to the deaf and hard of hearing population. H.R. 3101 would extend protections from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 — the law that made closed captioning on T.V. mandatory — to the Internet.

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The State of Digital Cinema – April 2010 – Part Zero

PlankLogoThis document is Part 0 of an multipart article that details with the basics of today’s transition from film-based cinema to server/file-based digital cinema. This Part 0 addresses some questions that came from readers of Part I, which explains its format and style.


Imagine a rainbow or the light that comes out of a prism. What we think of as the white light of the sun gets split into several discreet, or separate colors.

The next time that you are outside on a sunny day, notice the different shades of blue in the sky as you view it closer or further from the sun. Then later in the day before sunset, notice the colors of the blue as it ranges from deep to light blue and starts to turn orange and then several other shades of red.

There have been a lot of studies that deal with color, and how the human visual system deals with it. There is an international center, the CIE, for all things color and illumination. They did basic work early last century which tried to answer several questions about what an average group of people actually see. They helped settle on methods to scientifically speak about color, and on the best working theory for how the eye (in general) and humans (in particular) see (in general) and see color (in particular.)

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