IT for Broadcast Engineers

3 Day Course
Code PWL373

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


Most broadcast engineers are well acquainted with the principles of computers and
network infrastructure but gaps in their successful operation can remain. This course
deals with IT from the point of view of broadcast engineering to address the needs of
that role. The course is primarily technical but does discuss the issues and ramifications of IT within the broadcast environment.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the role and incorporation of IT within the broadcast environment.
  • Understand how IT equipment is utilised and managed within the broadcast environment.
  • Understand common computer hardware and operating systems utilised within the broadcast environment.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

Broadcast engineers and other personnel involved with the technical aspects of IT
within the broadcast environment.


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Control, Content and Management (6 topics)

  • Computer based control
  • Media asset management
  • Computer automation
  • File based content
  • Storage strategies
  • Process and fault monitoring

Hardware Considerations (6 topics)

  • Site considerations
  • Computer processing power
  • Mission critical IT
  • Redundancy
  • Ease of access
  • IT management and support strategies

Broadcast Networking (8 topics)

  • Networking overview
  • Broadcast network strategies and topologies
  • Modern networking hardware
  • Protocols
  • Computer to computer relationships Computer addressing and identification Broadcast content and control
  • Virtual LANS (VLANS)
  • Microsoft 'Active Directory' technology
  • Faultfinding networks

Broadcast Equipment Interfacing (4 topics)

  • 'Whose line is it anyway? Traditional comms vs. Networks'
  • Metadata management
  • Data transcoding
  • Computer to computer communication

Remote Computer Management (5 topics)

  • Multiple OS management
  • Remote desktop software
  • Embedded management software
  • Remote management hardware solutions Keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) hardware
  • Security considerations

Web Interfaces (6 topics)

  • Web browser compatibility
  • Manufacturer standardisation
  • Real time control
  • Display and data accuracy
  • Serial command port
  • Security management

Computer Architecture and Data Interfaces (8 topics)

  • Hardware structure
  • Internal chipset
  • Internal interfaces
  • Bus standards
  • Interface overview
  • Connector standards
  • Custom interface control
  • Serial control

Operating Systems (OS (12 topics)

  • Types of OS
  • PC OS's, DOS, Microsoft Windows suite
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux and Unix
  • Real-time operating systems (RTOS) (in broadcast equipment)
  • Embedded OS's
  • OS Security
  • OS architecture
  • Hardware protection
  • Memory management
  • Multitasking
  • Computer virtualisation

Computer Storage (11 topics)

  • Terms
  • Broadcast storage solutions
  • Distributed solutions
  • Broadcast turnkey solutions
  • Filing systems
  • Hard drive technology
  • Interface standards
  • Bandwidth
  • Redundancy strategies
  • Storage issues
  • Drive array issues


The delegates are expected to have experience of the technical aspects of a modern broadcast facility.

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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, Commscope

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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