Broadcast Server Technology

2 Day Course
Code PWL371

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This course examines in detail broadcast server and storage architecture. Internal and
external elements and processes will be examined so the delegates have a clear insight
into the function of these devices.

Also examined are server control strategies, integration, media formats, metadata,
compatibility, redundancy, disaster recovery and intelligent implementation of server
and storage architecture.

Authentic examples of server use will be used throughout the course.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand thoroughly the architecture and function of modern broadcast servers.
  • Understand the issues and considerations when implementing broadcast server technology.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

Engineers who wish to expand their knowledge of modern broadcast servers and
storage, or simply require a refresher in this technology. Technical individuals involved
in equipment purchasing; Solutions architects; Technical architects and other technical
personnel involved or interested in broadcast servers.


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Server Fundamentals (13 topics)

  • Server architecture
  • Software components
  • Computer subsystems
  • 'Real Time' operating systems
  • Video and audio processing
  • Data processing
  • Compression subsystems
  • Storage control
  • Storage interfaces
  • External connections
  • Server control
  • Power Supplies
  • Redundancy

Internal Video, Audio and Data Paths (7 topics)

  • Signal paths
  • Audio processing
  • Video processing and scaling
  • Video and audio timing
  • Timecode and ancillary data paths
  • Data processing
  • Encoding and decoding analysis

Internal Media Handling (4 topics)

  • Proxy media creation
  • Media management
  • Internal bandwidths
  • Limitations

Storage Systems (10 topics)

  • Storage fundamentals
  • The server and storage relationship
  • Storage bandwidth and capacities Connectivity standards
  • Filing systems
  • Filing organisation
  • File formats
  • Storage architecture
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Networked Attached Storage(NAS)
  • Turnkey storage solutions

Server Implementation (6 topics)

  • Media compatibility
  • Control methods
  • Ancillary data
  • Proxy media
  • Implementation considerations
  • Security

Control and Media Management (6 topics)

  • Media management
  • Types of control
  • API control
  • IP control
  • Serial control
  • Control protocols explored

Media Transfer (6 topics)

  • Media transfer fundamentals
  • Media enquiry
  • Monitoring
  • Transcoding
  • Media transfer considerations
  • Transfer control

Monitoring and Diagnostics (4 topics)

  • Server based diagnostics
  • SNMP protocol monitoring
  • Media data recovery
  • Maintenance and diagnostics


Basic understanding of broadcast television concepts, basic grounding in IT and networking.

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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.”

Software Manager, Panasonic

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