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Files, Compression and Workflow

Course Description

Files, Compression and Workflow looks at how we pass video and audio through the broadcast system and the techniques we use to make his possible. It looks at files and codecs in details. This involves learning about compression techniques, looking at wrappers and how they are used to put multiple sets of data into a single file, and the metadata which is then used to describe the data.

The course will also look at how file based systems provide advanced facilities to the broadcaster and how content is automatically managed within a professional system to provide collaborative working environments for program makers and flexible delivery systems.

Course Duration: 2 days.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will understand:

  • How audio and video data is reduced to create manageable files or streams.
  • The structure of media files and the importance of metadata in reading them.
  • Compression technology and terminology. 
  • How to choose a suitable codec.
  • How to recognise and identify compression artefacts.
  • How databases and metadata are used to enhance workflow and productivity.
  • How automation can be used to enhance workflow.

Prior Knowledge

This course is an advanced course and requires the delegates to be fully conversant with video, audio and digital technology. It is recommended that all attendees have completed the Training for TV Introduction to Video course or have equivalent knowledge and experience, 

Course Outline

The topics covered will include:

  • Containers and wrappers: common types, uses and details.
  • Practical issues with wrappers.
  • Intra-frame compression, DCT and Wavelets.
  • Inter-frame compression. Prediction, I B and P frames.
  • Common codec types and their uses.
  • Transport streams.
  • Quality management, VBR and statistical multiplexing.
  • Metadata.
  • MAM systems, databases and essence.
  • Automation.

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Knowledge for TV Professionals