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Glossary of Terms

Broadcast (archived)
The video is not transmitted live, but is recorded and included in the looping Channel 7 or Channel 8 programming at a later date.

File Conversion
A video (tape or digital file) is converted to a new digital file. The format of digital file we create will depend on its intended use or the client's preference. Example file formats: MPEG-4, MP3 audio, QuickTime MOV, MPEG-2, Windows Media WMV.

Video Capture
A video is captured to a digital file at it's native quality, for editing or post production purposes. For example, a DV tape is captured to a DV-NTSC QuickTime file for editing in Final Cut Pro.

A tape is copied in its entirety from one tape/DVD to another tape/DVD. No editing or post production is performed. Unless we hold the master tape for the event or are performing other conversion/editing services using the client's video, the client should request this service from Media Services. The Broadcast Center will create a maximum of five DVDs.

Editing / Post Production
The Broadcast Center edits raw footage or makes changes to an existing video. This includes editing, basic in/out trimming, audio adjustment, color correction, animation and titling, soundtrack creation, menu creation and DVD authoring.

Live Broadcast
The video is transmitted live to Princeton University Channel 7 or 8.  A live broadcast on Channel 7 can be viewed by campus TigerTV subscribers as well as Comcast subscribers in the Princeton Borough area (on Channel 27).  A live broadcast on Channel 8 can be viewed only by campus TigerTV subscribers.

Live Streaming Webcast
The video is streamed live using our Flash Media Server for viewing on a web site. For a public webcast we will post a link on the Media Central home page for viewing.  We can also provide a private or password-protected link if a secure webcast is desired, or if a department wishes to embed the streaming video on their own web site.

A video is included on the Princeton University Podcasts feed. The Broadcast Center reserves the right to deny any submission based on our standards of quality or content.

Simulcast (Room to room only)
The video is transmitted live to another room or location on campus. Media Services provides the A/V support for setting up the simulcast on the receiving end, while the Broadcast Center handles the scheduling and transmitting of the simulcast. We can only simulcast one video at a given time.

Streaming (archived)
A video is streamed using our Flash Media Server at a later date. Departments are responsible for hosting their own video content on the Central File Server web space issued by OIT.  Currently, we will only create Flash-compatible content in MP4 or MOV formats for streaming.