Microphones and camera
b. A segment or cold edit (second or subsequent generation tape) comes
from prerecorded sources such as video tape or audio tape (fig 1-6). It is
important to differentiate between the two types of tapes, hot or segment
(cold), because tape generations and signal losses are factors.
Video and audio tape
(1) When a signal from another video tape is used, the recorded
segments become second or subsequent generations.
Cold edits are almost
always of lower quality due to the paths the video signal takes.
(2) Should you use a second generation tape to edit onto another
tape, then the new tape becomes a third generation tape with considerably
less signal quality than the second generation tape.