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how a computer describes an image. binary


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#1 JonElias


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 10:51 AM

i really wonder how does a computer describe an image with 01010100001011000000101

i know that a picture is contains of pixels which gets a certain color when exposed to different light combinations with the 3 tiny led lights making a pixel

and how much of that color is described as rgb, or red green or blue in presentage or like #f

but what are the readings of the data cable in the usb cable coming from a webcam sending a picture?


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#2 BlackRabbit


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Posted 11 September 2014 - 03:37 PM

First of all, for video composition there are norms, like PAL, YUV, NTSC, etc.

Every device format the video bytes according to such norms (not all of them pack colors with the same depth, or in the same way), and that composition is what a device, like a camera, transmits true the wires (or the air).


Then a webcam, sending a picture, we are talking intermediate software, since DirectX/OpengGL, or whatever catches that data stream, translates, and gives you the picture in your preferred format.

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