Bit Depth Reduction

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The process of reducing the bit depth or sampling rate of a camera's CCD to scale down the amount of data or file size.

Colour television signals are sampled at a colour bit depth of either 10 or 8 bits.

If there is limited bandwidth or storage space in a transmission or recording format, one method of reducing the amount of data is bit depth reduction. This would take a 10 bit depth signal and reduce it to an 8 bit depth signal.

See: bit depth

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