Today we know that 29.97 fps is a hallmark of NTSC video. We may even know the mathematical reasoning behind it. But the war for color television that birthed that oddball number, a war that raged for over a decade and left an imprint on the soul of electronic moving pictures has been largely forgotten…
This retelling owes a great deal to an article posted at the Museum of Early Television
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The Math involved: Why is TV 29.97 frames per second?
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