3 Day Course
Code PWL295

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


The course provides delegates with a practical understanding of the technologies, vocabulary, techniques of HD, MPEG-4, DVB-S2 television systems, explaining the broadcast, the infrastructure, the creation of MPEG Elementary and Transport Streams, MPEG-4 video processing and DVB-S2 modulation, including the use of measurement, analysis and troubleshooting tools.

This course is suitable for technical staff working in an MPEG video environment who need an understanding of the specific technologies and issues associated with implementing and working with HDTV, MPEG-2 Transports and MPEG-4 video coding systems in a satellite transmission environment.


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

  • Understand DVB-S2 systems and architectures
  • Describe DVB hardware architectures
  • Describe the MPEG-4 video compression processes
  • Understand the effects of bit rate reduction on picture quality
  • Understand the issues involved in manipulating and transmitting MPEG signals
  • Describe the MPEG-2 Transport processes
  • Understand the relation between MPEG-2 Transport structure and DVB-S2 structure
  • Describe the DVB-S2 structure and modulation


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Broadcast Television and Audio systems (7 topics)

  • Video sampling structures, 4:4:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:0
  • SDTV, HDTV (high definition TV) and aspect ratios
  • WideScreen WSS (Wide Screen Signalling) AFD (Active Format Descriptor)
  • ITU-BT.709 and SMPTE HDTV standards
  • Progressive scan and interlace, Segmented Format
  • Frame rates

MPEG-4 Video Compression (20 topics)

  • MPEG-4 part 10 AVC and H264
  • Use of MPEG-4 levels and profiles
  • Enhancements in MPEG-4 coding techniques
  • Intra and Inter slice coding, I, P and B slices
  • MPEG structure, GOPs (Groups of Pictures) Slices, Macroblocks and Blocks
  • Intra frame estimation
  • Motion estimation
  • Sub pixel motion estimation
  • Integer transform coding
  • Prediction Slices
  • Use of arbitrary reference frames
  • Hierarchical GOP
  • Switch slices
  • Exp Golomb coding
  • Discrete Cosine Transform
  • Entropy coding
  • Zig Zag Scan
  • Lossy and Lossless compression
  • MPEG-4 decoding, use of de-blocking filters
  • Performance comparison with MPEG-2

MPEG Audio Compression (2 topics)

  • MPEG audio coding, layers and modes
  • Sample frequencies and bit rates

MPEG-2 System and Transport Layer (10 topics)

  • The PES, Packetised Elementary Stream
  • The Transport Stream
  • PID (Packet ID)
  • PAT (Program Association Table)
  • PMT (Program Map Table)
  • Time synchronisation and time stamping
  • PCR (Program Clock Reference)
  • PTS (Program Time Stamp) and DTS (Decode Time Stamp)
  • Buffer delays
  • Lip Sync issues

DVB (2 topics)

  • DVB SI and tables structure, NIT, TDT, TOT, EIT, BAT etc.
  • Actual and Other tables

MPEG in Practice (6 topics)

  • System Multiplexing
  • Concatenating Compression
  • Transrating and Transcoding
  • Picture assessment quantisation and compression artefacts
  • MPEG test signals
  • Statistical Multiplexing

DVB-S2 System (7 topics)

  • PLPs (Physical Layer Pipes) and Data Structure
  • FEC (Forward Error Correction)
  • QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying), 8PSK (Eight Phase Shift Keying)
  • 16APSK (Amplitude Phase Shift Keying) and 32 APSK modulation
  • Pilot Tone Insertion
  • Interactive modes and control through return channel
  • Backwards compatibility mode

DVB-S2 Structuring - Data Inputs to Frames (15 topics)

  • PLPs (Physical Layer Pipes)
  • Input Stream Types
  • TS (Transport Stream)
  • Generic Streams
  • BBFrame (BaseBand Frame) Creation
  • Single PLP BBFrame
  • Multiple PLP BBFrame
  • Input Sync
  • Delay
  • NULL Deletion
  • Scrambling
  • FECFrame (Forward Error Correction Frame) Creation
  • Bitstream to PSK Constellation formation
  • FECFrames
  • FEC Blocks

DVB-S2 Error Correction Scheme (4 topics)

  • Outer BCH code
  • Inner LDPC
  • BCH and LDPC options
  • Multipass error correction

DVB-S2 Modulation (4 topics)

  • QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying), 8PSK (Eight Phase Shift Keying)
  • 16APSK (Amplitude Phase Shift Keying) and 32 APSK modulation
  • Pilot Tones
  • Roll-off filters and system performance

DVB-S2 Performance Comparison (4 topics)

  • Comparison with DVB-S and DVB-DSNG
  • Phase noise issues
  • Performance gain
  • FEC and modulation advantage


No specific television or broadcast knowledge is required, but a general familiarity with technical concepts is assumed.

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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)
3 Days $2,880

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