Beginners Guide to Digital Video

3 Day Course
Code PWL375

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


An informative and practical introduction to the world of digital video, the course
explores the techniques used to form and store digital moving pictures. The course also
explains the current standards and looks how they are employed in products today.

It will be part history lesson, part technical, part practical and part creative. There will also be ample opportunity for discussion and to ask questions.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand thoroughly the background and lead up to digital video.
  • Understand the fundamentals of digital video and the current standards adopted.
  • Understand the broad range of implementation technology currently in use.

Target Audience

Who should attend?

Anyone interested for technical or creative reasons in the standards and methods
employed in the creation of digital video.


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Pictures and the Human Eye (6 topics)

  • How the eye responds to light
  • Light receptors
  • Colour perception
  • Primary colours
  • Luminosity
  • Resolution and sensitivity

The Creation of Video (9 topics)

  • How analogue television pictures work
  • The Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)
  • Vector and raster pictures
  • Interlaced and progressive scanning
  • The addition of colour
  • PAL and NTSC
  • The active picture
  • How resolution is measured
  • Analogue recording technology

Properties of Digital Video (11 topics)

  • The analogue legacy
  • The properties of the digital video
  • picture
  • Luminance and chrominance information
  • Digital picture scanning
  • The pixel
  • Resolution
  • Bit depth
  • Frame rates
  • Digital picture data rates
  • Dealing with aspect ratios

Digital Video Compression (8 topics)

  • Why compress?
  • Compression fundamentals
  • Lossless and lossy compression
  • The art of compression
  • Quality vs. data
  • Encoding and decoding
  • Knowing the numbers
  • Compression standards

Digital Video and Television Standards (6 topics)

  • From creation to distribution
  • Terminology
  • Digital video today
  • SD and HD defined
  • Digital television
  • How Digital TV reaches the viewer

Digital Interconnects (5 topics)

  • Composite and component signals
  • Analogue interconnects
  • Digital signals
  • Computer display and digital television interconnects
  • Modern digital interconnect standards

Digital Video Formats (8 topics)

  • A little history
  • Limitations
  • Early formats
  • Storing digital media on tape
  • File based formats
  • Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) and Blu-ray
  • examined
  • Solid state and hard disk storage Archiving digital media

Distributing Digital Video (5 topics)

  • Satellite and digital television
  • Internet TV
  • Streaming technology
  • Video on Demand (VOD)
  • Mobile and wireless technology

Digital Displays (7 topics)

  • Digital display concepts
  • Display technology, Thin Film Transistor
  • (TFT), Plasma displays, Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED)
  • Projector technology
  • Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors
  • Other display and projector technology
  • Manufacturer marketing techniques


Basic understanding of computer storage terms would be useful but not essential.

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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