Video Signal

video signal

[′vid·ē·ō ‚sig·nəl]
In television, the signal containing all of the visual information together with blanking and synchronizing pulses.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Video Signal


an electrical signal designed to produce an image. A video signal is formed by photoelectric converters (a superorthicon or vidicon in television or a photoelectric cell or photomultiplier in picture transmission) or by the detection of electromagnetic waves received by a radar set.

In television the instantaneous values of the video signal at the output of the television camera tube are proportional to the brightness of individual parts of the optical image on its light-sensitive surface. The possible peak-to-peak values of a video signal in black-and-white and color television are limited by the levels of the black, which is the reference level (when the video signal is zero), and the white (the maximum value of the video signal). For television braodcasting systems the lowest frequency of the television signal spectrum is equal to the frame frequency (50-60 Hz), and the highest is the greatest frequency of the change in brightness of the transmitted image along a line (6-6.5 MHz). In picture trans-mission a light spot passes sequentially over a fixed image. The rays reflected from the latter impinge on a photoelectric converter, thus creating video signals. The highest frequency in the video-signal spectrum is a function of the rate at which the image is scanned and varies over a wide range (80 Hz to 6 kHz). The video signal in radar is in the form of pulses. The lowest video-signal frequency of the spectrum is equal to the repetition rate of the radiated pulses (50-400 Hz) and the highest is practically inversely proportional to the duration of the radiated pulse (1-10 MHz).


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

echo signal

The radar energy returned to a radar by a target. The amount of this energy is called received power. Also called a video signal or a target signal.

target signal

The radar energy returned to a radar by a target. Also called an echo signal or a video signal. The amount of this energy is called received power. The size of the echo on the PPI (plan position indicator) is a direct function of the received power. See echo.
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