Broadcast Essentials for Telecoms and IT Professionals

2 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code PWL014

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The course provide delegates with an understanding of the technologies, vocabulary and techniques and used in contemporary television broadcast systems and operations. Packet based delivery of broadcast services such as PW010  IPTV and Video on Demand (VoD) are becoming increasingly popular. However for many professionals coming from a Telecoms or IT background, little is understood of traditional broadcast technologies or the requirements for quality of service within those technologies. It is of prime importance that these considerations are understood so that IPTV and VoD services can offer the same quality of experience to the consumer as those that exist today in traditional broadcast services. Also IT and Telecoms professionals working on IPTV or VoD implementations will need to be able to communicate effectively with broadcast counterparts working on thier project. The format of this course is classroom based with demonstrations.


At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the broadcast chain from camera to TV set
  • Describe the key signal types used in a TV broadcast system
  • Understand the use of test signals in a TV environment
  • Understand the use of Analogue and Digital TV signals
  • Understand the use of timecode in a broadcast environment
  • Describe High Definition and Standard Definition TV standards
  • Describe PAL and NTSC TV systems

Target Audience

Who should attend:

Technical staff working in a television environment who need to become familiar with the specific technologies used in this field.


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The Broadcast Chain (5 topics)

  • Acquisition and Cameras
  • VTRs and Disc based storage
  • Edit Systems
  • Playout Systems
  • Transmission Systems

Analogue Video (11 topics)

  • Black and White
  • Interlace and field structure
  • Electrical representation of video
  • Field and Frame structures
  • Frame rates
  • PAL and NTSC Video Colour Systems
  • Creating the Composite video signal
  • Video reference signal
  • Analogue Component Video
  • Baseband Video Cabling
  • Picture Aspect Ratios

Testing Video Systems (2 topics)

  • Video Test Signals
  • Video Monitoring equipment

Digital Video (4 topics)

  • SDI, (Serial Digital Interface) Video
  • Video Sampling
  • Audio in SDI
  • HSDSDI, twin HDSDI

Standards (4 topics)

  • Standard Definition (SDTV)
  • High Definition (HDTV)
  • The global PAL and NTSC standards
  • Converting between Standards

Audio (7 topics)

  • Analogue Audio
  • Decibels in audio
  • Analogue levels
  • Digital Levels
  • Digital Audio
  • Sample rates and word lengths
  • AES/EBU audio

Timecode (5 topics)

  • EBU and SMPTE time codes
  • Drop frame time code
  • Linear Time code
  • VITC
  • Time code synchronisation


A general familiarity with technical concepts is assumed. Prior knowledge of television or broadcast is not necessary.

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Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

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Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $2,190

What Our Customers Say

The instructors knowledge is fantastically broad and deep!”

Vice President, ABS-CBN

An excellent course, one of the best I have attended for IP training, covering a very wide range of topics.”

MCR Manager, Sky TV New Zealand

Good course, well presented. Good content and mix of theory and practical alike.”

Software Engineer, Arris

Very good overview of technologies new and old.”

Broadcast Engineer, Formula 1

Very good background to help our development away from Broadcast TV.”

Account Manager, Thomson

Instructor knowledge and experience was excellent.”

Solutions Engineer, Akamai

Good level of detail and industry examples of the technology and its usage. Trainer extremely knowledgeable with a great deal of experience in the field.”

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