Charles Poynton

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Charles A. Poynton is a Canadian technical consultant and writer based in Toronto.[1] He gives seminars on digital video systems and has written two books, A Technical Introduction to Digital Video (Wiley, 1996; ISBN 0-471-12253-X) and Digital Video and HDTV: Algorithms and Interfaces (Morgan Kaufmann, 2003; ISBN 1-55860-792-7). He is currently a columnist at[2]

Poynton is a Fellow of SMPTE, and was awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal in 1993 for his work to "integrate video technology with computing and communications".[3]

He is a popular teacher of seminars and travels widely for this purpose.[4]

In 1981, he founded Poynton Vector Corporation to design and build digital television processing equipment for NASA's Johnson Space Center. From 1985 to 1995, this equipment converted the field-sequential color television signal from the Space Shuttle to NTSC, for viewing, recording, and distribution to television networks.[5]


  1. ^ "Charles Poynton - Freelance". 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
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  5. ^ "Charles Poynton - Biography". 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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