Full-Motion Video

In digital video, term for video that is shown on a computer at a frame frequency that approximates that of video seen on television or an analog video tape. Or, in other words, digital video that plays back at a rate of 30 frames per second (in NTSC) or 25 frames per second (in PAL or SECAM). Full-motion video is rarely possible on typical microcomputers, due to the enormous processing power, RAM, and specialized hardware required to achive it. Although advances in technology are moving closer to full-motion video (and its partner, full-screen video) as of this writing compromises in either decreased frame rate and/or decreased image size are often made.

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