Class Library Video, Graphics and Print File Types: Decoding the Alphabet Soup

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  • Title:Video, Graphics and Print File Types: Decoding the Alphabet Soup
  • Category:Planning & Logistics
  • Level:Intermediate
  • Instructor:Brandt Krueger
  • Length:52 min
  • Posted:1/8/2015
  • CMP Domain:A: Strategic Planning
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JPEG, EPS, TIFF, BMP, GIF, Vector, low res, hi res . . . Sometimes conversations about graphics and video can be downright confusing. So many acronyms, so many file types, so many file sizes...

A logo or speaker head shot can look fine on your website, but not so great when projected on screen at the event, and even worse on a printed invitation or program.How big is too big? How small is too small? By learning a few basics and a little history on how we got to where we are today, you'll be able to navigate the most complicated of content waters for your meeting or event!

ILEA Approved ContentThis course is ILEA Approved with content that is alligned with the International Live Events Association's Core Curriculum. ILEA Approved is the international education standard selected for creative event professionals and has been developed to recognize specific content that has significance for the global creative events industry. Click Here to learn more about ILEA.

ILEA Core Curriculum Key Competencies Category for this course / content: 
Creative Services | Technical Production

Learning Outcomes

    1. Identify key differences in how various file types treat color, and how that impacts their usage for print and websites.
    2. Describe what "resolution" is, how it affects file size, and what the standard resolutions are for graphics and video for most meeting and event content.
    3. Distinguish between Bitmap and Vector file types, and identify when each one is preferable.
    4. Identify the difference between Pantone and Process printing styles and why they are important.

Table of Contents

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Video, Graphics & Print File Types: Decoding the Alphabet Soup 52:35
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Why This Matters 4:41
How We Got Here 18:37
Bitmap vs. Vector Formats 17:36
You Say You Want A Resolution . . . 7:25
Print: Pantone vs. Process 3:13
Conclusion 1:50
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